NHTSA confirms Suzuki GSXR recall

Publish Date: 
Oct 23, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a formal recall of 210,228 Suzuki GSXRs from model years from 2004 to 2013, citing a brake defect.

Suzuki told NHTSA the problem was first reported from Germany in May 2009, but the company was unable to reproduce the problem until October 2012. Suzuki said it confirmed the problem in August and September of this year after examining dealer vehicles, including some used for display and test drives, and long-term unsold units.

Suzuki’s defect notice to NHTSA said there have been no reports of injuries for bikes sold in the United States. The company said it expected to notify dealers starting next week.

According to NHTSA:

Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2004-2013 GSX-R600 and GSX-R750, and model year 2005-2013 GSX-R1000 motorcycles. In combination with older brake fluid, corrosion of the brake piston inside of the front brake master cylinder generates gas that may result in a reduction of fluid pressure transmission to the front brake. As a result, front braking power may be reduced increasing the risk of a crash.

Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front brake master cylinder, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on Nov. 4. Suzuki's campaign numbers for this recall are: 2A (31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36).

Posted by Holly Wagner