Zero Motorcycles is recalling 268 of its electric motorcycles due a faulty mounting bolt on the front brake caliper, which is prone to corrosion. Were the bolts to fail or fracture, the caliper could come loose and that could stop the front wheels. This, of course, would be very bad news at anything more than a few miles per hour.

The recall covers 2011 and 2012 S and DS models. Zero will begin reaching out to owners in the next week or two to come in and have the faulty bolts replaced. Scroll on down if you want to read the official notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Manufacturer: Zero Motorcycles Inc.

SUMMARY:
Zero Motorcycles is recalling certain model year 2011 and 2012 S and DS motorcycles. On the affected motorcycles, the front caliper mounting bolts are susceptible to corrosion which could lead to their cracking and possible fracture.

CONSEQUENCE:
If a front caliper bolt fractures, the caliper may come loose and interfere with the rotation of the front wheel. This could cause the front wheel to stop suddenly, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Zero Motorcycles will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front caliper bolts. The recall is expected to begin mid-August 2013. Owners may contact Zero Motorcycles at 1-888-841-8085.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Dave R
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another issue affecting a lot of 2012 Zero bikes is that the bike will stop running without warning. It seems to start out as an issue where it might take 2-times to "start" the bike, then it will stop running after coming to a stop requiring a power cycle to continue moving and finally it will start shutting down while moving and/or start moving backwards instead of forwards from a stop. Zero has bee aware of this for at least 6-9 months now and has been slow in responding to customer complaints regarding the issue. http://electricmotorcycleforum.com/boards/index.php?topic=2800.0 Zero needs to get on top of these issues and take better care of their customers. Your early adopters can be either your best resource or worst enemy depending on how you treat them.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Year Ago
        That's an idiotic statement. Every major automaker and bike maker has had MUCH larger recalls. Honda included. Just because you don't hear of every recall, shouldn't give you the right to pretend that internal combustion vehicles are somehow safer. The only reason why this is news, is because it's this automakers first. And the old and tired line of... "batteries just aren't there" it's utter crap. Propagated by Fox News. It is a confusion of the word "perfect". EVs don't need to be perfect. They are ready now, and are selling in decent number.
        char
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ Jessica Smith, bhahahahHhhahahaha IDIOT!
        NissanGTR
        • 1 Year Ago
        Hyosung is Korean and the only thing thats currently hurting the brand is brand recognition and reliability problems of the past. They are very reliable machines as I had a 2009 250r with 15k miles from 2010-2012.
      Vien Huynh
      • 1 Year Ago
      haha, zero recall with 268 bikes recall.
      DarylMc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Settle down everyone, it's just a rusty bolt. I don't know how thin they are but I'm pretty sure none would have corroded to the point of failure yet. Sounds like they are being fairly proactive on the safety front which is good.
      Joseph Brody
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw the pictured Zero in person in my home town and I was REALLY impressed at its looks and finish. I may have one in my garage one day.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmmm... Chinese hardware?