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Motorcycle Recall - Kawasaki

NHTSA Campaign ID:  09V059000
Component:  Engine and Engine Cooling: Exhaust System: Manifold/Header/Muffler/Tail Pipe
Manufacturer:  Kawasaki Motors CORP., U.S.A.
Recall Date: 02/04/2009
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16,500
Defect Summary:
Kawasaki is recalling model year 2008-2009 KLR 650 (KL650E8F/L, KL650E9F/L) motorcycles. The muffler assembly is secured to the frame of the motorcycle by two bolts. It is possible that heat expansion cycles of the muffler, combined with vibration from vehicle operation may cause loosening of the muffler mounting bolts.
Consequence Summary:
If the bolts loosen completely, it is possible for the muffler to separate from the motorcycle, creating a risk of a crash resulting in injury or death.
Corrective Summary:
Dealers will remove the paint from the muffler mount tabs and replace the mount bolts, nut, and washer free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or before February 23, 2009. Owners may contact Kawasaki at 866-802-9381.

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