Fuel leak sees a re­call of bikes

The Witness - Wheels - - INDUSTRY -

KTM is re­call­ing its EXC, SX and Freeride bikes of dif­fer­ent model years for a check at au­tho­rised KTM deal­ers.

KTM dis­cov­ered dur­ing rou­tine test­ing that de­vi­a­tions in the manufacturing process of the sup­plier of the alu­minium fuel pump nut can re­sult in un­suf­fi­cient seal­ing and cause un­con­trolled fuel leak­age on 250, 350, 450 SX-F/XC-F/EXC-F and EXC Six Days bikes of model year 2016.

De­vi­a­tions in the manufacturing process of the molded fuel hoses of the mo­tor­cy­cles 250, 350, 450 SX-F MY2016 as well as 250 and 450 SX-F Fac­tory Edi­tion MY2015, can cause prob­lems, in­clud­ing fuel leak­age at the bends or at the ends.

Mar­ket mon­i­tor­ing has shown that there can be prob­lems with the tank breather in in­di­vid­ual cases on Freeride 350 MY20122016 and Freeride 250 R MY2014-2016 mod­els. Fuel may es­cape in ex­treme rid­ing sit­u­a­tions.

In ex­treme cases, the leaked fuel may cause dam­age or even a fire in the three cases re­ferred to. In a lim­ited num­ber of cases, prob­lems with the Freeride mod­els have been re­ported. Be­yond this, no more dam­age of this type is known in the mar­ket.

All own­ers of af­fected and al­ready de­liv­ered ve­hi­cles will be in­formed in writ­ing by KTM. More in­for­ma­tion, or the in­for­ma­tion whether the re­spec­tive mo­tor­cy­cle is af­fected by the re­call, can be gath­ered at KTM deal­ers.

The above-men­tioned re­views can only be im­ple­mented by an au­tho­rised and qual­i­fied KTM dealer. The needed checks are free of charge.

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