Honda is recalling all 2018 CRF250R motocross bikes because the clutch basket can break, potentially causing the engine to lock up and increasing the risk of a crash. The recall affects about 3,200 motorcycles in the U.S.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, American Honda has received 19 reports of clutch failures, including two that resulted in the engine locking. No injuries were reported.
Here’s what Honda has to say about the recall:
Honda Issues Safety Recall for 2018 CRF250R
American Honda is conducting a safety recall, in conjunction with CPSC, to replace the clutch basket and judder spring on all 2018 CRF250R motorcycles. Under certain conditions, the clutch basket can break and possibly cause the engine to lock up, increasing the risk of a crash and injury hazard.
All registered owners will receive a letter about the safety recall. The clutch basket and judder spring will be replaced with modified parts and the repair will be carried out at no cost to the owner. Dealers have been instructed to stop selling new or used 2018 model-year CRF250R motorcycles until the issue has been rectified.
Additional assistance is available from Honda Motorcycle Customer Support at 866-784-1870, or online at http://powersports.honda.com. (Click “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page.)
And here’s the U.S. CPSC’s statement:
Off-Road Motorcycles Recalled by American Honda Due to Crash and Injury Hazards (Recall Alert)
This recall involves all 2018 Model Year CRF250R off-road motorcycle s. The recalled motorcycle s were sold in a red color. The names “HONDA” and “CRF250R” are printed on the sides of the motorcycle. The model name and model year are printed on a name plate label located at the front right top of the frame, near the steering head.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled off-road motorcycles and contact their local authorized Honda Powersports dealer to schedule an appointment for a free repair. Honda is contacting all known purchasers directly.
American Honda has received 19 reports of clutch failure, including two that led to engine lock up. No crashes or injuries reported.
Authorized Honda Powersports dealers nationwide from November 2017 through July 2018 for about $8,000.
American Honda Motor Company Inc., of Torrance, Calif.