Zero Motorcycles
has announced the recall of some model year 2009 and 2010 Zero S and Zero DS motorcycles. The recall is to replace the front brake caliper bracket, which may be subject to deformation under heavy braking. If deformed, then brake pad misalignment and reduced front brake performance could result.

The recall includes:
  • 2009 Zero S motorcycles built from September 2, 2009 to December 22, 2009
  • 2010 Zero S motorcycles built from February 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011
  • 2009 Zero DS motorcycles built from July 27, 2009 to December 28, 2009
  • 2010 Zero DS motorcycles built from January 20, 2010 to March 31, 2011
To remedy the situation, Zero dealers will replace the front brake caliper bracket with a re-designed component and replace the front brake pads. Of course, this service will be performed free of charge. Zero says that it will begin repairing affected models prior to the end of May. Owners with questions or concerns can contact Zero Motorcycles directly at (888) 786-9376.


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[Source: NHTSA]
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Vehicle Make / Model:
Model Year(s):

ZERO / ZERO DS

ZERO / ZERO S
2009-2010

NHTSA Campaign ID Number:
11V282000

Summary:

ZERO MOTORCYCLES IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 ZERO S MOTORCYCLES BUILT FROM SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 THROUGH DECEMBER 22, 2009; MODEL YEAR 2009 ZERO DS MOTORCYCLES BUILT FROM JULY 27, 2009 THROUGH DECEMBER 28, 2009; MODEL YEAR 2010 ZERO S MOTORCYCLES BUILT FROM FEBRUARY 1, 2010 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2011; AND MODEL YEAR 2010 ZERO DS MOTORCYCLES BUILT FROM JANUARY 20, 2010 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2011. THE FRONT BRAKE CALIPER BRACKET MAY EXPERIENCE PERMANENT DEFORMATION WHEN SUBJECTED TO HIGH BRAKING LOADS. THIS CONDITION COULD INDUCE MISALIGNMENT OF THE FRONT BRAKE PADS WITH RESPECT TO THE FRONT BRAKE ROTOR.

Consequence:

MISALIGNMENT OF THE BRAKE PADS IN RELATION TO THE ROTOR MAY CAUSE REDUCED FRONT BRAKING PERFORMANCE, WHICH COULD LEAD TO A POSSIBLE CRASH AND POTENTIAL INJURY OR DEATH OF THE RIDER.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT BRAKE CALIPER BRACKET WITH A RE-DESIGNED COMPONENT, AND REPLACE THE FRONT BRAKE PADS IN CASE THE EXISTING PADS EXPERIENCED ABNORMAL WEAR. THE FRONT BRAKE FLUID WILL ALSO BE INSPECTED AND, IF SIGNS OF OVERHEATING ARE NOTED, IT WILL BE REPLACED AND THE SYSTEM WILL BE FLUSHED. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT ZERO MOTORCYCLES AT 1-888-786-9376 EXT 45.

Notes:

OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .