Suzuki recalls 2013 Hayabusas for ABS problem

Publish Date: 
Jul 29, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Suzuki is recallng more than 2,500 Hayabusas to fix a manufacturing problem with the vehicle's ABS system, NHTSA reported. This follows similar ABS recall notices from Triumph, Honda and Kawasaki (see below).

ABS-RELATED RECALLS are affecting several vehicle manufacturers. The common thread: each recalled motorcycle features the latest compact anti-lock brake system modulator from Nissin in Japan. The recalled bikes from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Triumph use the new ABS unit, claimed to be the smallest and lightest on the market. 

A manufacturing defect during the assembly phase of the Nissin Hydraulic Control Unit can cause a loose chip of aluminum to remain inside the ABS unit. Normal braking function is unaffected; however, the loose metal chip may prevent the HCU check valve from operating properly -- which in turn could prevent normal ABS function during a skid. If a rider expects the ABS to function normally and instead locks one or both wheels, the risk of a crash increases.

Suzuki, for one, has announced a stop sale and is recalling the 2013 Hayabusa to replace the ABS hydraulic control module. "Dealers will be able to order the necessary parts to perform this recall campaign beginning approximately the first week in August," said Derek Schoeberle, product media relations manager at Suzuki Motor America.
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The anti-lock brake system may malfunction, allowing for the wheel to lock up and skid on certain model-year 2013 GSX1300RA Hayabusas made from Jan. 22 through April 26. Roughly 2,561 units are affected, Suzuki told NHTSA.

Vehicles need to be inspected to determine if their ABS units were contaminated with an aluminum chip during the manufacturing process. The manufacturer of the ABS system is Nissin Kogyo of Japan. Nissin notified Suzuki of the potential problem in May, after which Suzuki of Japan conducted its own investigation.

"At the time of production of the ABS unit b the supplier, the brake fluid inlet check valve may have been misaligned when it was pressed into the ABS body, causing a piece of aluminum to be chipped off and remain in the ABS body," Kenneth M. Bush, department manager-government relations for Suzuki reported to NHTSA. "If the aluminum chip gets lodged between the inlet or outlet check ball and the check ball sealing surface during braking, the ABS function will not perform properly and tire skid could occur."

There have been no reports of ABS failure in the United States so far, Suzuki stated.

Dealers are asked to inspect units and replace the ABS if necessary. Suzuki expects to start notifying owners during the week of Aug. 5, the OEM reported.


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