Yamaha R3 has been recalled in the US for an issue with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) label. According to the reports around 40 R3s have been affected. These units were mistakenly produced with Canadian Motor Vehicle Certification Labels which doesn’t comply with the US federal laws related to certification of vehicles. Yamaha has said that the affected units will get a free-of-cost replacement of the VIN. Customers are requested to visit the nearest Yamaha dealer for the same from 20th July 2017.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the Yamaha R3 being recalled. Earlier this year, Yamaha had issued a recall in the US because of a faulty fuel tank mounting bracket. Yamaha said that due to engine vibrations the bracket can come in contact with the fuel tank which could eventually lead to a leakage in the fuel tank.
Last year, a similar issue was diagnosed in about 1155 units of Yamaha R3 in India. They have also had a problem with the main switch assembly. The power switch had the tendency to get corroded due to rain and cold, hence the motorcycle could stall.
Incidents like these, especially related to well-established companies like Yamaha, make us question the quality of the products. The saying, ‘There are two sides of a coin’ is a perfect one for such scenarios. We can either say that Yamaha, in this case, did a good job in analysing and detecting the flaws, or we can say that it shouldn’t have had happened in the first place. What do you think?