Kawasaki is recalling certain Ninja XZ-10R motorcycles for an issue with damaged air suction valves.  This recall affects a potential total of 1,529 motorcycles.

According to paperwork filed by Kawasaki,  the Ninja ZX-10R engine control unit (ECU) programming may cause the engine to backfire when the quick shift function is used under high engine load.  This could possibly result in damage to the air suction valves.  When damaged, the air suction valves may allow high-temperature exhaust gas to blow back through and melt surrounding parts, thereby increasing the risk of a fire.

The list of affected motorcycles is as follows:

KAWASAKI ZX1002E 2019 – 2020
KAWASAKI ZX1002F 2019 – 2020
KAWASAKI ZX1002G 2019 – 2020

Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the ECU and inspect the air suction valves and surrounding parts, replacing them as necessary.  All repairs will be performed free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin June 8, 2020.  Owners may contact Kawasaki customer service at 1-866-802-9381 and cite Kawasaki’s recall number, MC20-02.  Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and cite NHTSA Campaign Number 20V307000.

In addition, owners may also check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, www.safercar.gov to see the actual recall notice and associated filings.



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