Kawasaki has recently recalled Z900 motorcycles in India. The company has issued a voluntary recall that covers 132 units falling under a specific serial number series. The Japanese manufacturer has recalled those bikes that could have a possibility of the tie-rod bracket for the rear suspension being defective. The company says that if the rear suspension of bike bottoms out, the holes on the tie-rod mounts can be damaged. This can eventually result in the rear suspension of the bike stop working and hence, may give birth to dangerous situations. As a precautionary measure, Kawasaki will check the tie-rod brackets of the affected models and replace them if necessary. For obvious reasons, Kawasaki will replace or repair the part free of cost. The brand has already started contacting customers with affected bikes and has also sent a circular to all its service centres. Besides this, Kawasaki has also shared Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) with the service centre staff so that it becomes easy in finding out and reaching out to owners of the affected units.
The Kawasaki Z900 draws its power from a 948cc, inline four-cylinder engine that is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The motor develops a maximum power output of 123 hp while the peak torque stands at 99 Nm. The Kawasaki Z900 is being offered with dual 300m disc brakes upfront along with a single 250mm disc brake at the rear. These further come linked to an ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) for safe and effective braking. The naked streetfighter is currently priced in the Indian two-wheeler market at Rs 7.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Such recalls have been a part of company's precautionary measures time to time and it is good that brands take the issue in a serious way. This not only helps to avoid any mishap to the riders but also shows the manufacturers' seriousness in ensuring customer safety and priority. The reason manufacturers are compelled to announce such recalls is because of the rule laid out regarding recalls, wherein any vehicle maker who fails to recall its vehicles for a manufacturing defect will be subject to penalties.