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2013 Suzuki Hayabusa ABS Recall Expands to US

Mon, 29 Jul 2013

Suzuki Motor of America has recalled the 2013 Hayabusa because of a problem with its anti-lock brake system. A Hayabusa recall was previously announced for the Canadian market, and it was no surprise a similar recall was announced for the U.S., as the issue traces back to a single part supplier, affecting several models from multiple manufacturers.

The Suzuki Hayabusa is just one of several models from multiple manufacturers affected by a manufacturing error by ABS part supplier Nissin. The machinery used to insert the the brake fluid inlet check valve into the ABS modulator was slightly out of alignment, causing the valve to rub against the modulator’s aluminum body. This contact creates small chips of aluminum that can then get stuck in the output valve, potentially causing ABS function to fail.

The problem was first identified in December 2012 by Triumph which alerted Nissin about the issue. According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissin informed Suzuki Motor Corporation of a potential issue on May 24, leading Suzuki to start its own investigation. On July 10, Suzuki decided to initiate recall proceedings.

Suzuki dealers will replace the ABS modulator on affected units with a new part produced after Nissin corrected the manufacturing error. The recall affects 2,561 units in the U.S.

To date, recalls have been announced in several markets for the 2013 Suzuki Hayabusa, 2014 Honda CTX700 and CTX700N, 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Ninja 250, and the Triumph Speed Triple, Daytona 675 and their respective R versions.

[Source: NHTSA]

By Dennis Chung

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