KTM Australia, who import KTM, GasGas and Husqvarna has issued a series of recalls in the past couple of days affecting a variety of motorcycles and electric mini-bikes.
The official notices issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission cite problems with short circuits, fuel leaks and brake faults.
The short circuit issue affects 46 KTM SX-E5, 33 Husqvarna EE-5 and three GasGas MC-E5 current model electric mini-bikes.
Apparently, the battery vent valve may be missing on some motorcycles, allowing water intrusion.
“If the vent valve is not fitted, water could enter the battery and result in a short circuit, affecting the vehicle operation,” the notice says.
“A short circuit can increase the risk of an accident, causing injury or death to the rider or others”.
The front fuel tank fuel lines may rub during operation, causing wear and damage to the fuel lines over time. Fuel may leak from damaged fuel lines,” the ACCC notice says.
“If a fuel leak occurs, this may lead to a fire. A vehicle fire could increase the risk of an accident, serious injury or death to the rider, other road users and bystanders, and/or damage to property.”
The brake issue affects 1289 KTM 790 Adventure 2019-2020 models, including the R and R Rally.
According to the ACCC notice, the preload force of the return spring located in the front brake cylinder “may not meet specifications”.
“This can result in the brake piston not being returned to its original position, which can impair the function of the front brake and result in a loss of brake performance,” it says.
“Reduced brake performance can increase the risk of an accident, causing serious injury or death to the rider and other road users.”
Owners of the above affected motorcycles have been contacted by dealerships, advising them of the recall and asking them to contact an authorised KTM dealer to arrange an appointment for inspection of their motorcycle.
Affected motorcycles that have not been sold will be inspected and repaired (if needed) before sale.
For further information, consumers can contact KTM Australia on 1800 644 771 or find their nearest authorised dealer using the dealer search option at https://www.ktm.com/au
It is the second recall this year for KTM after the recent recall of the 1290 Super Duke R over a wiring harness issue.
Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.
Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.
If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.
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