Honda has issued a recall of over 500 units of its 2018 CRF 250L dual-sport motorcycle pertaining to production issues regarding its wiring harness. The company suspects that the wiring harness may have been improperly installed at its factory in Thailand which could cause unprecedented damage to the equipment.
In the recall document that was filed with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the company stated about a damaged wiring that was discovered during a routine quality inspection at the assembly plant. Following this, Honda began an investigation and determined that the harness was damaged during installation of the front fork assembly.
Wiring harness proves to be an important part of the bike’s electronics. Hence, a damaged harness during production would mean that instruments such as lights, horn as well as the dash would stop functioning. This does not only pose a serious safety threat but also means that the bike would no longer abide by the guidelines of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108. “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment,” and 123, “Motorcycle Control Displays.”
Honda has clarified that it will notify the affected CRF250L owners after which the company’s dealers will inspect the wiring harness and replace it as necessary without any costs. The recall is expected to commence from November 5 this year.
The bike carries a 249-cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine that produces 24.4bhp at 8,500rpm and 22.6Nm of torque at 6,750rpm. Suspension set up on the bike includes a 43mm inverted fork in the front and a Pro-Link single shock with spring at the rear. Braking duties on the bike are handled by a single 256mm disk with a twin-piston calliper in the front and a single 220mm disk at the rear.