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A simple “goof up” makes Yamaha recall YZF-R3

Japanese two wheeler manufacturer Yamaha launched the Yamaha YZF-R3 as a solution to the quarter liter performance bikes. There have been many instances in the past where the company recalled the R3, twice in fact. But now, the company has another reason to recall the R3 the third time.

Yamaha YZF R3

This recall is only for the motorcycles being circulated in Canada and United States. The number is set at 40 from each country. The reason for this recall is a simple mix up by the company. The bikes that were sold in Canada are the ones that have the US certification and the ones that are sold in United States have Canadian certification labels.

This mix up may not sound too big, but it will create confusion when the Vehicle Identification Numbers come into consideration. This means whenever the owner wants to service, insure and sell his Yamaha YFZ-R3 he will have to go through great effort. Moreover, the certification labels meant for Canadian bikes are bilingual i.e. they read in both French and English. Whereas, the certification labels meant for US bikes read only in English.

This simple problem has a simple solution too. The dealers in the respective countries will have to remove and affix the correct labels onto the 40 bikes. Even though it is only a small goof up, this issue has caught eyes of many questioning the attention to detail by the reputed Japanese manufacturer.