Honda Recalls Littlest XR

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC), American Honda Motor Co. Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 22,000XR50Roff-road motorcycles. It has been discovered that the two bolts that attach the handlebars can break. Ifthehandlebars were to separate from the motorcycle, the rider would lose steering control andlikely crash, posing the risk of serious injuries.

Honda has received four reports of handlebars separating from thesemotorcycles.No injuries have been reported. Honda also received four reports of loosehandlebars caused by one of the two bolts failing.

The recall includes only years 2000 and 2001 off-road motorcycles with modelnumber XR50R. They are red, and "50R" is written on the sides of the seat on2000 models, and on the sides of the fuel tank cover on the 2001 models. TheVehicle Identification Number (VIN) of these motorcycles, listed below, can befound on the left side of the steering head frame tube.

-- 2000 XR50R motorcycles have VIN ranges from JH2AE03**YK000013 toJH2AE03**YK0016046

-- 2001 XR50R motorcycles have VIN ranges from JH2AE03**1K010001 toJH2AE03**1K0110056

Honda motorcycle dealers nationwide sold these motorcycles from September 1999through October 2000 for about $1,300.

Consumers should stop using these motorcycles immediately, and call their localHonda motorcycle dealer to schedule a free repair. To locate their local dealeror for more information, consumers should call American Honda at (888) 289-8226between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time Monday through Friday, or go to thecompanyB!Gs web site at

Registered owners of the vehicles have been notified directly by American Hondaabout the recall.

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