Kawasaki has issued two recall notices. The first is recalling a total of 1,523 model year 2020 – 2021 H2 as well as 2020 – 2021 ZX-10 motorcycles.  The problem stems from a faulty engine oil pressure relief valve.

Kawasaki says that the engine oil pressure relief valve “may come apart,” causing a loss of oil pressure and possible engine seizure.  According to the recall notice:

“…the components of the relief valve that adjusts the oil pressure of the engine may come off due to improper assembly. When the oil pressure warning indicator is turned on, the engine becomes poorly lubricated. In the worst case, the engine may stop.” (i.e. seize)

The list of affected motorcycles is as follows:

MAKE MODEL YEAR
KAWASAKI ZR1000K 2020-2021
KAWASAKI ZR1000L 2021
KAWASAKI ZX1002D 2021
KAWASAKI ZX1002J 2020-2021
KAWASAKI ZX1002L 2021
KAWASAKI ZX1002M 2021
KAWASAKI ZX1002N 2021

Click here for the full listing of affected motorcycles and VINs.

Dealers will replace affected units with a replacement relief valve free of charge.

Kawasaki will begin notifying dealers on August 17, 2021, and owners will be notified beginning August 18, 2021.

This recall was issued on August 3, 2021.

The second  is recalling a total of 857 model year 2018 – 2021 Ninja H2 SX, Ninja H2 SX SE, and Ninja H2SX SE+ motorcycles.  The problem stems from a faulty rear wheel bearing.

According to Kawasaki’s documentation filed with NHTSA, the rear wheel’s needle bearing could fail and potentially cause the rear wheel to lock.  Specifically, the notice to the NTSB states:

“On eligible units, the amount of grease applied to the needle-bearings in the rear hub housing may be insufficient due to variations in the application process. With continuous use, this could lead to bearing failure, in the worst case causing the rear wheel to lock.”

The list of affected motorcycles is as follows:

MAKE MODEL MODEL YEAR(S)
KAWASAKI ZX1002A 2018
KAWASAKI ZX1002B 2018
KAWASAKI ZX1002D 2019 – 2021

Click here for a listing of affected motorcycles and VINs in Kawasaki’s NHTSA Safety Recall Report.

Dealers will replace affected units with a replacement rear wheel needle bearing free of charge.

Kawasaki will begin notifying dealers on August 17, 2021, and owners will be notified beginning August 18, 2021.

If you have any questions, you can contact Kawasaki customer service at 1-866-802-9381 and cite Kawasaki recall number MC21-05.  Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and cite NHTSA campaign number 21V593000 or go to www.safercar.gov.

 

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