Recall News: Yamaha Recalls YZF-R3 With Defective Ignition Switch

Moisture-related corrosion issue can cause late-model R3 sportbikes to stall.

Motorcycle recalls: Yamaha YZF-R3 recalled for electrical system issue.
Yamaha issues a recall to correct an ignition switch issue that can cause the R3 motorcycle to stall.Photo: Yamaha
The following report is filed with the NHTSA:

Report Receipt Date: February 21, 2017
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V112000
Component(s): Electrical System
Potential Number of Units Affected: 14,320
Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

THE RECALL: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2015-2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 motorcycles. In the affected motorcycles, water can enter and corrode the ignition switch resulting in an unexpected engine stall.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN: An engine stall increases the risk of a crash.

THE FIX: Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch subassembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 9, 2017. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha's number for this recall is 990112.

MORE RECALL INFORMATION: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to