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June 9, 1999

Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Kawasaki Motors Corporation

Models: Kawasaki VN1500 Drifter Year: 1999

Number Involved: 2,474
Dates of Manufacture: Not yet available.
Defect: These motorcycles (VN1500-J1/L) are equipped with a Digital Fuel Injection System and a vehicle-down sensor. This feature is designed to prevent the fuel injection system from continuing to pump fuel by shutting off the ignition and fuel injection pump if the motorcycle falls over. During battery maintenance, the vehicle-down sensor can be dislodged from its normal mounting position. If the sensor is out of position, the motorcycle may not start or may stall during certain driving maneuvers.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect for proper mounting of the sensor and re-install the sensor if it is not in the correct position. Dealers will also affix to the motorcycle frame, a warning label that provides instructions on repositioning the vehicle-down sensor after servicing the battery. Owner notification was expected to begin during May 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Kawasaki at 1-949-770-0400.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99V067]

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed. Manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.


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