FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 1999
Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Kawasaki Motors Corporation
Models: Kawasaki VN1500 Drifter
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.