On December 18, 2014, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Yamaha, announced the recall of YZ250 Competition Off-Road Motorcycles due to risk of injury or death. Yamaha has reported that the engine can lock up during operation, causing a rider to lose control of the vehicle and crash, resulting in injuries and death. About 875 of these motorcycles have been sold at Yamaha motorcycle dealers nationwide from May 2014 through November 2014 for about $7,600. No injuries or incidents have been reported at this time.
This recall involves model year 2015 Yamaha competition off-road motorcycles with model numbers YZ250FFL and YZ250FFW. The recalled motorcycles are blue and white, and white and red. The model number is on left and right side of the fuel tank cowling. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is stamped on the frame near the steering stem. The letter F in the 10th position of the VIN number indicates that the unit was made in the 2015 model year.
Consumers are urged to immediately stop using the recalled motorcycles and contact their local Yamaha dealer to schedule a free repair. Yamaha is contacting all registered owners directly. For more information please contact Yamaha at (800) 962-7926 anytime or online atwww.yamahamotorsports.com and under the Sport tab, subcategory Motorcycles-Off-Road, click on Parts and Service, then Factory Modification Campaigns, then Customer Letter M2014-020R for more information.
As a consumer, safety advocate, and trial lawyer, I am continually troubled by the fact that manufacturers and retailers continue to sell dangerous products. Manufacturers, in their zeal to get products on the market, often cut corners and overlook safety when designing and manufacturing products. Manufacturers have an obligation and opportunity to thoroughly assess product safety before the launch of a product. It should not take a person to get injured for a manufacturer to make a product safe.
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