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Royal Enfield recalls Himalayan for brake issue, but not in India

Written by Nayak

The Royal Enfield Himalayan has received a recall in the US market. This is for a “loss of brake function from caliper corrosion” as mentioned by the brand. Royal Enfield further confirmed that nearly 5,000 units are a part of this recall.

What Is The Issue With The Motorcycles?

We have Royal Enfield’s official communication with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The two-wheeler maker mentioned that the salt used to treat roads in the winter could corrode the brake calipers. This would then go on to cause a decrease or total loss of brake function. As a result, 4,891 units of the Himalayan manufactured between the years 2017 and 2021 could be affected.

Taking into consideration all of these, Royal Enfield announced a voluntary recall. As part of the recall, the dealers will replace the front and rear brake calipers on the affected vehicles. ByBre (a Brembo subsidiary) is currently the supplier of brake calipers on the Himalayan. There are still some open questions to explore. Like we are unclear why units manufactured after 2021 are unaffected.

Noteworthy to me, this is not the first time that the Himalayan has been recalled for this issue. Back in 2020, Royal Enfield recalled over 15,000 units of the 650 twins and the Himalayan for the exact same issue. However, back then, this recall was for the UK, Europe and South Korean markets.

Indian Recall Less Likely To Happen

As for the Indian market as of now, there is no official word from Royal Enfield. But we believe, as road salt is not a very widespread practice here, the risk is low. At the time of the previous recall that happened in 2020, no units in India were affected. Thus we expect a similar trend this time around as well.

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