Yamaha Issues Factory Safety Recall on 06-10 YZF-R6 models

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. has decided that certain 2006-2010 YZF-R6 model motorcycles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.” In affected motorcycles, the front side reflector height does not meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard §571.108. This standard specifies that the center point of front side reflectors on a vehicle must be located between 381mm and 1524mm from the ground. The reflector center point on 2006-2010 YZF-R6 models is 358mm, which is too low and could increase the risk of a crash.

To correct this noncompliance, Yamaha is initiating a Factory Modification Campaign. Affected units must have both right and left side front reflector brackets replaced with new type brackets that raise the reflector’s center point to a position within the range specified by the regulation.

Yamaha is notifying all registered owners of affected motorcycles by mail.

LETTER FROM YAMAHA

Dear Yamaha Owner:
This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. has decided that certain 2006 through 2010 YZF-R6 (“R6”) model motorcycles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.” Our records show that you own the affected motorcycle shown above.

The reason for this recall:

In affected motorcycles, the front side reflector height does not meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard §571.108. This standard specifies that the center point of front side reflectors on a vehicle must be located between 381mm and 1524mm from the ground. The reflector center point on 2006~2010 YZF-R6 models is 358mm, which is too low and could increase the risk of a crash.

What Yamaha and your dealer will do:

To correct this noncompliance, your authorized Yamaha dealer will replace the front side reflector brackets with ones that that raise the reflector’s center point to a position within the range specified by the regulation. The replacement takes about 20 minutes, but your dealer may need to keep your motorcycle longer depending upon his schedule.

What you should do now:

Please call your Yamaha dealer to make a service appointment to have this procedure performed. At that same time, you can find out how long he expects he will need to keep your motorcycle for this service. Remember to take this letter with you when you take in your motorcycle.
You should not ride your motorcycle until this modification is performed.
If you are unable to return to the Yamaha dealer who sold you the motorcycle, this service will be performed by any authorized Yamaha Motorcycle dealer. For the name of a dealer near you, call 1-800-88-YAMAHA or visit the Yamaha web site at: www.yamaha-motor.com.
Federal regulations require that any vehicle lessor receiving this recall notice must forward a copy of this notice to the lessee within 10 days.

If you need help:

If, after contacting your dealership, you have questions or concerns which the dealership is unable to answer, please write to:
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
Customer Relations Department
P.O. Box 6555
Cypress CA 90630
or call 1-800-962-7926.

If, after contacting Yamaha Customer Relations, you are still not satisfied that we have done our best to remedy the situation without charge and within a reasonable time, you may submit a written complaint to the Administrator, National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590; or call the Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

If you no longer own this Yamaha:

If you have sold your motorcycle to another party, please call us toll-free at 1-800-962-7926 with the name and address of the new owner, along with the serial number shown above your name on the address label above.

We’re sorry to cause you any inconvenience, but we are sincerely concerned about your safety and continued satisfaction with our products. Thank you for giving your attention to this important matter.
Sincerely,
Customer Support Group
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

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