Honda in North America is recalling the 2020-21 Super Cub C125, CB500X, CB650R. The brand is also recalling specific units of the CBR300R, CBR500R, CBR650R. The cruiser segment that includes the Rebel 300 and Rebel 500 are also under recall. Also, the Honda Monkey and certain 2020 CRF250L, GROM, 2021 CRF300L, and CB500F motorcycles are under recall.
The recall for the Honda line-up is due to a non-conformation to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108 “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.” The motorcycles mentioned above fail to comply with the requirements of the FMVSS 108. In other words, the motorcycles rear reflector lens may not reflect brightly enough. In all, 22 models are under recall, and the potential recall population is estimated to be 28,528 units. Sources say, 100 per cent of the units associated with the recall have the defect.
Non-Compliance Reason and Production Dates
According to sources, a change in the manufacturing process led to the reflectors’ non-compliance with the FMVSS 108. The vendor shortened the injection moulding cycle time resulting in the reflectors having lower photometric performance than intended. The recall population includes vehicles within the production date range of January 2020 through February 2021. The vendor has now rectified the production line problem and Honda has implemented a final inspection process of the reflectors. The report from NHTSA reveals that Honda determined the recall population through manufacturing records.
Safety Risk and Remedy
The reduced reflection properties may potentially reduce the vehicle visibility. This increases the risk of crash and injury, but it is important to note that no crash or injuries have been reported due to the recall part. Honda will contact all vehicle owners of the vehicles under recall to replace the rear reflector, free of charge.
FIEM Industries Limited produces the rear reflector on the Honda motorcycles under recall in Haryana, India. Out of the long list of recall motorcycle, Honda also retails the CB500X, CB650R and CBR650R in the Indian market.
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