2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 gets two recalls in the US

If you happen to own a 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 in the US, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published two recalls in relations to the bike’s front brake system. The first recall is regarding the front brake hose while the second recall is related to the front brake hose holder.

Below are both the official recalls posted by NHTSA on 10 February 2020 that are affecting over 3,000 units of 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 in the US market (combined for both issues).

NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 20V073000
Brake Hose Holder May Come Loose
A brake fluid leak can reduce braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V073000
Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA
Components SERVICE BRAKES, AIR
Potential Number of Units Affected 1,480

Summary
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2019 YZF-R3 motorcycles. The brake hose holder may come loose, potentially causing damage to the brake hose protector and hose, resulting in a brake fluid leak.

Remedy
Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front brake hose holder, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on February 28, 2020. Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990134. Note: Motorcycles in this recall are also affected by NHTSA recall number 20V-071.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 20V071000
Front Brake Hose May Leak
A brake fluid leak can reduce braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V071000
Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA
Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected 1,561

Summary
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2019 YZF-R3 motorcycles. The front brake hose may chafe against the horn lead wire when the handlebars are turned from left to right, potentially resulting in a brake fluid leak.

Remedy
Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front brake hose, replacing it as necessary, and reroute the horn lead wire, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on February 28, 2020. Owners may contact Yamaha customer service at 1-800-962-7926. Yamaha’s number for this recall is 990135.

There’s still no news if these recalls affect other markets around the globe. The Malaysian market offers the 250cc version and so far, there have been no complaints regarding the front brakes failing from any owners in the country. We can assume that it’s safe to ride the Yamaha R25 for now, but should there be any info from Hong Leong Yamaha Motor, we will share them if there’s anything important.

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