KTM has recalled over 1,000 (in North America) of thier 2012-2013 motorcycles (350 EXC-F and 500 EXC) because of problems with their fuel hoses. KTM has cited supplier manufacturing inconsistencies as the reason for these issues.
All the affected bikes were produced between September of 2011 and August of 2012.
Worldwide, over 7,000 bikes have been recalled.
At the time this article was published there were no reported accidents or injuries as a result of the potentially leaky fuel lines. According to KTM the recall is merely a precautionary measure.
Original Press Release by KTM on November 16, 2012
|Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS|
|Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,181|
KTM North America, Inc.’s (KTM) is recalling certain model year 2012 and 2013 350 EXC-F and 500 EXC motorcycles manufactured from September 2011 through August 2012. Due to the supplier’s manufacturing inconsistencies, the preformed fuel hoses may develop cracks or holes at either end. During use, the fuel hoses, located between the fuel tank and the throttle body fuel rail, may allowing fuel to leak.
The fuel may leak onto the rear tire while the motorcycle is being ridden, increasing the risk of a crash. It is also possible that, in the presence of an ignition source, a fire can occur.
KTM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the defective fuel hoses free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in early December 2012. Owners may contact KTM Customer relations at 1-888-985-6090.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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