FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2001
PRODUCT: Motorcycles - Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. of Cypress, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 59,100 motocross off-road motorcycles. The recalled Yamaha motorcycles are 1996-2001 YZ125 and YZ250 series motocross vehicles, with model numbers YZ125H1, YZ125J1, YZ125K1, YZ125L1, YZ125M1, YZ125N1, YZ250H1, YZ250J1, YZ250K1, YZ250L1, YZ250M1, YZ250N1 and WR250J. The recalled motorcycles are blue and white with the word "Yamaha" written on the side of the wheel fork. Yamaha dealerships nationwide sold these motorcycles from January 1996 to September 2001 for between $5000 and $7000.
PROBLEM: The throttle on these motorcycles can stick, causing a rider to lose control of the vehicle and crash, resulting in injuries and death.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Yamaha has received one report of the throttle failing and causing serious injury to the rider.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using these motorcycles immediately and return them to the dealership where purchased for inspection and free repair. For more information, consumers should call their local dealership or Yamaha toll free at (800) 967-7926 between the hours of 8a.m. to 5p.m. PT, Monday through Friday.
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