Yamaha and Polaris issued recalls of a select number of units, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The combined number of units recalled tops 40,000.
Yamaha recalled 24,000 2009-13 YZFR1 and 2012-13 XTZ12 motorcycles. On the affected bikes, the headlight may generate enough heat to cause the bulb connections to expand, resulting in an arching in the bulb socket, which could cause the socket to overheat and melt and cause the headlight to malfunction. Dealers will be repairing the headlight socket of the affected units.
Yamaha also recalled about 1,300 of its YZ250 and YZ450 competition off-road motorcycles when it was learned the drive chain can detach and cause the rider to lose control, posing a crash hazard. About 1,300 units were affected.
The recall involved 2014 Yamaha model numbers YZ250FEL, YZ250FEW, YZ450FEL and YZ450FEW.
The off-road motorcycles were sold at Yamaha motorcycle dealers nationwide from December 2013 through January 2014 for between $7,500 and $8,500 and were manufactured in Japan.
Meanwhile, Polaris has issued a recall of about 16,550 Rangers. The throttle cable can melt on the exhaust pipe and fail to operate properly. This can cause the rider to lose control, posing a crash hazard. The recall involves 2013 Polaris Ranger 500 EFI and Ranger Crew 500 EFI models.
Polaris has received one report of a vehicle’s throttle failing to return to idle after accelerating, causing the operator to lose control of the vehicle and be thrown from it, resulting in a scraped shin.
The units were sold at Polaris dealers nationwide from June 2012 through February 2014 from between $9,300 and $11,000 and manufactured in Mexico.