Zero Motorcycles is recalling 2009 through 2010 S (Street) and DS (Dual Sport) models due to brake-pad issues, it was reported Thursday.
The electric motorcycle company says 160 motorcycles are affected in the recall: 2009 Zero S models built from Sept. 9, 2009, through Dec. 22, 2009; 2009 Zero DS models built from July 27, 2009, through Dec. 28, 2009; 2010 Zeros S models built from Feb. 1, 2010, through March 31, 2011; and 2010 Zero DS models built from Feb. 1, 2010, through March 31, 2011.
Zero says the front brake caliper bracket may sustain permanent deformation when subjected to high braking loads; this condition could cause misalignment of the pads with the rotor, increasing the risk of a crash.
For bikes affected in the recall, Dealers will replace the front brake caliper bracket with a re-designed component, and replace the front brake pads if they have experienced abnormal wear. Dealers will also inspect the brake fluid. This service will be free of charge.
The safety recall on the Zero Motorcycles is expected to begin this month (May, 2011). Owners may contact Zero Motorcycles at 1-888-786-9376 EXT 45.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit safercar.org.