Zero Motorcycles Recalls Electric Dirtbikes

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In cooperation with Consumer Product Safety Commission, California-based Zero Motorcycles is recalling the 2009 Zero X and Zero MX electric dirtbikes. Consumers should stop using the bikes immediately unless otherwise instructed, the government says. About 200 units are affected.

According to the CPSC website, the throttle on the recalled motorcycles can become stuck in the open position or become disconnected. In the “Easy” or the “0-25” mode, this can unexpectedly lead to full power when turning on the power, resulting in a loss of control and serious injury to the rider.

Zero Motorcycles has received three reports of unexpected acceleration, including one report of minor injuries.

The bikes were sold by Zero Motorcycles dealers nationwide from December 2008 through August 2009 for between $7,500 and $8,300.

The government instructs consumers to contact Zero Motorcycles at 888-786-9376 to schedule a free repair. Registered owners of the affected motorcycles have been mailed a direct notice.

Click here to read Dealernews’ extensive report on Zero Motorcycles from earlier this year. Click here for a supplemental article containing two dealer testimonials.