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MMA Safety Alert: Suzuki GSX-R Brake System Recall

Published on 4/4/2014

MMA Safety Alert: Suzuki GSX-R Brake System Recall

The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association would like to share with all riders that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published information detailing a recall issued by Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. pertaining to its GSX-R motorcycles.  The recall relates to 210,228 GSX-R motorcycles produced from 2004 to 2013 citing a brake defect.

Years and models affected by the recall are 2004-2013 GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 and 2005-2013 GSX-R1000 motorcycles.  In combination with older brake fluid, corrosion of the brake piston inside of the front brake master cylinder generates gas that may result in a reduction of fluid pressure transmission to the front brake. As a result, front braking power may be reduced increasing the risk of a crash.

Suzuki told NHTSA the problem was first reported from Germany in May 2009, but the company was unable to reproduce the problem until October 2012. Suzuki said it confirmed the problem in August and September of this year after examining dealer vehicles, including some used for display and test drives, and long-term unsold units.

Suzuki began notifying owners of these models in November of 2013.  Suzuki will replace the front brake master cylinder free of charge.

Suzuki reported that no injuries have ben reported in the U.S. as a result of this defect.

Owners are urged to contact their local Suzuki dealer.  More information on the recall is available here:

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