Baja Motorsports again recalls dirtbikes for fire hazard

Publish Date: 
Apr 12, 2012

More fire incidents have prompted Baja Motorsports to issue a second recall warning for its off-road motorcycles.

The original recall notice was issued in March 2011. At issue is a leaking fuel tank, which can lead to a fire.

Baja reportedly has received 16 reports of fires from leaking fuel, including two reports of minor burns to legs and one report of a minor burn to a finger. Ten of the reported incidents, including two of the burn injuries, were received after the March 2011 recall announcement, which has prompted the second recall notice.

The recall involves all model DR50 and DR70 Baja dirt bikes with VINs beginning with "L98" and the letter "B" as the 10th character of the VIN; and a yellow dot or line marked on or near the VIN. "The model number and VIN are located on the product data plate, which is located on the side of the "goose neck" - where the handle bars meet the body of the bike," according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The models were sold through Pep Boys and other "motorsports retailers," according to CPSC, from December 2010 through January 2012. The bikes were manufactured in China.

"Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dirt bikes and contact Baja Motorsports to schedule a free repair," the agency stated. The South Carolina-based firm can be reached at (888) 863-2252.

Posted by Mary Slepicka