Kawasaki recall ZZ-R1400s over frame collapse risk

Published: 09 June 2008

Kawasaki is set to recall a number of 2006 and 2007 model ZZ-R1400s over fears that part of the frame could fail and cause the rear suspension to collapse.

The UK announcement follows a US recall by Kawasaki North America. The recall notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database reads:

‘Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2006-2007 'Ninja' ZX14 motorcycles. The rear suspension can collapse when a cross member separates from the frame.

‘Failure of the frame could result in the rear of the motorcycle collapsing creating the possibility of a crash resulting in injury or death.

‘Dealers will check the torque of the engine mount adjusting collars and inspect and possibly replace the frame if necessary.’

A statement released by Kawasaki UK last week said: 

‘Kawasaki UK are currently planning to launch a similar campaign to the one highlighted in America for the ZZR1400. In the first instance this will mean an inspection of any affected units.

’Registered owners of machines eligible for inspection will be contacted advising them to contact a Kawasaki dealer for an inspection and any subsequent work, if necessary, to be carried out. The campaign only affects certain models imported into the UK.

’Kawasaki considers the safety of customers as a priority and work closely with VOSA and the UK Recall code of practice guidelines. Specific details of the campaign will be released as soon as they become available.’


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