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Kawasaki Recalls Concours 14 for Rear Brake Problem A Previous Recall Failed to Fix

Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0700

Kawasaki is issuing a recall for the Concours 14 for a rear brake pedal issue the company had previously tried to fix in 2008.

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road debris can get trapped between the brake pedal and a pedal guard, causing slight pressure on the rear brakes. The rear brake drag can cause the brakes to overheat, potentially leading to brake damage, a rear brake lockup or failure of the rear brakes.

Kawasaki initiated a recall for a similar problem with the Concours 14 in 2008 (campaign ID# 08V623000). The solution at the time was to install a cover guard which would prevent debris from interfering with the pedal.

Years later, Kawasaki learned the problem persists, only with smaller debris getting stuck, this time between the pedal and the guard, leading to the new recall (campaign ID# 12V343000).

To correct the issue, Kawasaki dealers will remove the brake guard and replace the rear master cylinder rod. The new recall campaign affects 13,289 units from model years 2008-2012.

[Source: NHTSA]

By Dennis Chung

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