2017 Yamaha YZF-R3 Recalled for the Dumbest Reason

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Vehicle recalls are an unfortunate, but necessary part of the industry. Nearly every manufacturer goes through it at some point or another, usually to correct problems before they become life-threatening problems. And sometimes, manufacturers conduct recalls because someone just f**ed up. This is one of those.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Yamaha is recalling 40 units of the 2017 YZF-R3 in the U.S. because they were incorrectly fitted with Canadian certification labels. Simultaneously, Transport Canada announced a recall for 40 R3 models in Canada because – you guessed it – they were incorrectly fitted with U.S. certification labels.

How different are the labels? Well, for one thing, the Canadian labels are bilingual, displaying information in both English and French:

2017 yamaha yzf r3 recalled for the dumbest reason

More vitally, the vehicle certification labels may show a different VIN from the one officially stamped on the vehicle’s frame. This can cause potential headaches for owners down the road, say in getting insurance, or when reselling the bike.

Fortunately, the fix is simple: dealers will remove the incorrect labels and install the correct labels in their place.

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  • Bmwclay Bmwclay on Jul 19, 2017

    Might not want to have this corrected. Could be a collectors item in a few years. Like a upside down biplane on a US postal stamp.

  • Bill Dennehy Bill Dennehy on Jul 20, 2017

    The story title is misleading. I'm thinking a dumbest reason such as some hex head bolts aren't lined up symmetrically. Having the correct VIN seems like a good reason to recall.

    • Denchung Denchung on Jul 20, 2017

      It was more referring to this being a dumb mistake that should never happen.