Kawasaki Recalls 3,964 Ninja ZX10R and ZX-10RR Models due to Potential Gear BreakageKawasaki has recalled 3,964 of its 2016-2018 Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10RR (ZX1000R, ZX1000S, and ZX1000Z) motorcycles due to possible transmission issues.The recall was triggered because a high impact force may cause transmission gears to break during shifting. On affected ZX-10R and ZX-10RR motorcycles, the breakage of a transmission gear may cause the loss of control creating the potential for a crash. Two related warranty claims have been received from US market.
The recall report indicates the chronology as follows:
- January 2017 – Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd (KHI) received a report from Thailand distributors (KMT) that the gear was not possible to change after shifting. KHI began investigation.
- July 2017 – KHI investigated the broken transmissions from the market and found the rims of the output 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gears were broken due to excessive impact force.
- January 2018 – As a result of the investigation, KHI found the strength of the gears was not sufficient and could break if excessive impact force was applied during use.
- January 25, 2018 – Based on collected information and KHI’s internal investigation results, KHI decided to initiate a recall campaign.