Yamaha owners in Canberra face a 90km ride to have their bikes repaired free under two recent safety recalls after the local dealership closed down.
The company last month issued a worldwide recall on several three-cylinder models (2015-2017 MT-09 Tracer pictured above, 2014-2017 MT-09 and 2016-2017 XSR900) over an issue with loose handlebars.
It follows a recall in March for its MT-03 and R3 learner-approved motorcycles over two new issues regarding the fuel tank and electrics.
A reader who read the MT-09 recalls on Motorbike Writer contacted us to tell us that with the Canberra Yamaha dealership closing down at the end of April 2017, safety recalls have been referred to the nearest dealership in Goulburn, 90km away.
The reader sent a query to Yamaha Australia to find out who we here in the ACT can use to get this fixed.
Yamaha Motor Australia motorcycles technical support officer Duilio Pianca said recalls were to be carried out at a Yamaha dealer “to ensure correct modifications are carried out”.
“At this stage, we do not have a new dealer appointed in Canberra,” he says.
“We would appreciate if you could make arrangement to have the repairs carried (at your convenience) at the next closest dealer (Goulbourn).
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ON RECALLS
Recall notices are issued by the manufacturer through a voluntary industry code under the ACCC.
Despite hundreds of recalls by various automotive manufacturers, none has ever been mandatory. All have been issued by the manufacturer.
While any recall is not good news for the manufacturer, it shows that they are largely diligent in fixing problems.
If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.
To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:
• New Zealand