The Kawasaki Concours 14, also known as the ZG1400, is a sport touring motorcycle that was introduced to the market in 2007. Currently model years 2008 through 2012 are being recalled due to a brake issue. Roughly 13,000 motorcycles are involved in this recall and include all model designations (ZG1400 A/B/C/D). The rear brakes are included under all model designations, while the front brakes could also be affected in the ZG1400C model designations.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall issue is due to small stones and debris getting trapped between the brake pedal and the brake pedal cover. A small gap between the brake pedal and the guard is where the stones and debris can get lodged, should this occur, the brakes could drag and overheat. If the brakes were to drag and overheat, there could potentially be brake damage, a brake lock-up or failure, leading to a crash that could cause injury or death.
Kawasaki will begin notifying owners of the affected motorcycles immediately. Owners will receive a letter from Kawasaki explaining the nature of the defect and instructing owners to contact the nearest Authorized Kawasaki Dealer to set up an appointment for the repair.
The repair consists of removing the brake guard and replacing the rear master cylinder rod end. Although the repair is expected to take only 30 minutes, dealers need to have the parts in stock, so owners are encouraged to make appointments with the dealerships prior to bringing their motorcycles in.
Concerned Concours owners can contact the Kawasaki Customer Service Department at 866-802-9381 with the vehicle identification number to see if their motorcycle is included in the recall. Additional information or concerns can be directed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or www.safecar.gov. The campaign number is 12V343000.