Kawasaki Recalls 11,836 Vulcan Motorcycles
About the Kawasaki Recall
According to HNGN, several year models of the manufacturers Vulcan Voyager and Vulcan Vaquero have been recalled due to electrical issues with the ignition.
Consumer Affairs says the ignition wire is inclined to chafing due to its close contact with the fuel tank. Such chafing can result in a short circuit that causes the engine to stall, potentially result in a fatal crash.
Kawasaki stated that any customers with motorcycles that have damaged wiring will be eligible for a free repair.
The models specifically recalled include the 2009 to 2015 Vulcan 1700 Voyagers as well as the 2011 to 2015 Vulcan 1700 Vaqueros.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 4,957 motorcyclists were fatally injured on U.S. roadways in 2012 – this marks a 7-percent increase from the 4,630 deaths recorded in 2011.
- An additional 93,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2012.
- Of those killed in 2012, 93 percent were riders while only 7 percent were passengers.
- NHTSA estimates that 1,699 motorcyclists’ lives were saved by helmets in 2012 alone. Had all motorcyclists worn helmets, it is believed an additional 781 death would have been prevented.