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Update: Kawasaki Ninja 400 Recalled for Camshaft Defect, Engine Stall Risk

Kawasaki is recalling the following motorcycles which were manufactured with a potential camshaft defect that could cause an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash and severe injuries:

  • 2021 Kawasaki Ninja 400 (EX400H)
  • 2021 Kawasaki Ninja 400 ABS (EX400G)
  • 2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS (ER400D)

These motorcycles were produced with a camshaft chain tensioner that may be insufficient due to improper heat treatment, potentially causing it to be damaged.

"A damaged camshaft chain tensioner can cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash," NHTSA said.

This recall began on December 21, 2020.

What's the Problem?

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., is recalling certain Ninja motorcycles over a potential defect that could cause a fire during use, increasing the risk of a crash and serious personal injuries, including death. According to a recall notice issued by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this action affects:

  • 2019-2020 Kawasaki NINJA ZX-10R
  • 2019-2020 Kawasaki NINJA ZX-10R ABS
  • 2019-2020 Kawasaki NINJA ZX-10R ABS KRT EDITION

The engine control unit (ECU) programming on affected motorcycles may cause the engine to backfire when the quick shift function is used under high engine load, potentially causing damage to the air suction valves, NHTSA said. Damaged air suction valves may allow high temperature exhaust gas to blow back through and melt surrounding parts, increasing the risk of a fire.

If you purchased a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle that is affected by this recall, you should stop using it immediately. Kawasaki is contacting owners and dealers will reprogram the ECU and inspect the air suction valves and surrounding parts, replacing them as necessary, free of charge.

This recall began on June 8, 2020.

Ninja ZX-14R Recalled for Brake Problem, Crash Hazard

Kawasaki is recalling 2021 Ninja ZX-14R motorcycles which were sold with front brake master cylinders that may be missing an internal component, which can cause inconsistent front braking force. "Reduced braking effectiveness can increase the risk of a crash," NHTSA said. Kawasaki is notifying owners and dealers will replace the front brake master cylinder, free of charge. This recall began on December 4, 2020.

Ninja H2 Recalled for ECU Defect

Kawasaki Motors Corp. is recalling the following motorcycles which were sold with engine electronic control units (ECU) that don't have the capability to suppress high RPM during transmission:

  • 2018-2020 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX
  • 2018-2020 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SXSE
  • 2019-2020 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SXSE+

"If the transmission gears are not properly engaged while shifting into 4th or 5th gear, high engine RPM can cause the output gears of 4th or 5th to fracture when the gears re-engage," NHTSA said. "Damaged gears and the inability to shift can cause the engine to lock up, increasing the risk of a crash."

This recall began on November 16, 2020.

Do I Have a Kawasaki Ninja Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Kawasaki Ninja Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one was injured by a recalled Kawasaki motorcycle, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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