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Yamaha recalls R3 and MT-03 again

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Yamaha MT-03

Yamaha has again recalled its MT-03 and R3 learner-approved motorcycles over two new issues regarding the fuel tank and electrics.

It follows a recall in July 2016 over a transmission problem which could cause an engine seizure.

The two new voluntary safety recalls issued through the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission are for the following defects:

1. Engine vibration transmitted to the fuel tank may cause the spot weld of the bracket to break. If it does, fuel could leak.

2. Corrosion of the switch electrical terminals may develop due to water contamination, causing a loss of electrical power and engine stalling. 

R3 and MT-03 owners will be contacted by mail and advised to contact their nearest Yamaha dealer to arrange an inspection and repair of the motorcycle.

If the bike has a second or subsequent owner, they may be unknown to Yamaha, so Motorbike Writer publishes all recall notices.

The VIN numbers of affected R3 and MT-03 motorcycles are listed at the end of this article.

In the previous recall over transmission problems, the bikes affected can be identified by their frame numbers:

  • YZF-R3A 2015 ~ 2016 – RH072 – 001001-004480
  • MT03LA 2016 – RH07L – 001001-001800
    Yamaha R3
    Yamaha R3 


Recall notices are issued by the manufacturer through a voluntary industry code under the ACCC.

Despite hundreds of recalls by various automotive manufacturers, none has ever been mandatory.  All have been issued by the manufacturer.

While any recall is not good news for the manufacturer, it shows that they are largely diligent in fixing problems.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

• Australia


• UK

• New Zealand

• Canada