Kawasaki has recently announced a recall for its 2011 and 2012 Ninja ZX-10R supersport bikes because of an oil leak which might lead to a possible crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2011 and 2012 model years Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R supersport bikes will have to be driven back to the dealers because of an oil leak. The NHTSA is saying that the joint where the starter is mounted to the crankcase is susceptible to oil leakage and this can lead to oil pooling onto the crankcase and eventually spilling on the rear tire. A total of 4,170 Kawasaki Ninjsa ZX-10R bikes will be affected by this recall.
“Engine oil may leak from the crankcase at the starter mounting point and pool on top of the crankcase. Continued use in this condition can allow oil to spill over onto the rear tire”, as the NHTSA is saying in its recalls summary of the problem. “If oil spills onto the rear tire, there is an increased risk of a crash, leading to personal injury or death.”
Kawasaki and the NHTSA didn’t say anything about possible crashes or injuries related to this issue and the bikemaker will notify owners soon. Until the actual recall will begin, owners of the 2011-2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R are advised to contact the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381.