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Kawasaki USA has recalled around 1,529 units of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R in the US over faulty ECU programming.

The National Highway Transport Safety Administration (NHTSA) in USA found that the programming on the factory fitted Engine Control Unit (ECU) of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R may cause the engine to backfire when the quickshifter is used at higher RPM’s and may cause damage and/or total failure of the air suction valve.

If this continues happening, then it may also result in melting of the surrounding parts when high temperature exhaust gas blows back into the air suction valve or even worse a fire. Around 1,529 units that were manufactured between 2019 and 2020 have been affected by this issue.

The issue was first discovered by Kawasaki Europe back in December last year. There is no information on whether motorcycles in India are affected by the issue.

To fix the issue, Kawasaki USA has started notifying affected customers, they will be invited to their respective dealerships to make an appointment. The dealerships will reprogram the ECU and inspect the air suction valves and it’s surrounding parts. They will replace parts (if required) free of charge.

To know whether your motorcycle is affected or not, you can also visit the NHTSA’s official site and go to the recall section here and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for more information.


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