Zero Motorcycles Recalls Some 2013 Zero FX and Zero XU Because Water May Leak Into the Battery
JUN 29 2013 BY MARK KANE
Zero Motorcycles is recalling 128 of its 2013 Zero FX and 2013 Zero XU electric motorcycles.
The reason? A manufacturing defect with the sealant material in the battery may allow water to penetrate the battery. When this happen, corrosion of the li-ion cells will couls result in a rapid temperature increase and off-gassing of the cells’ electrolyte, which may cause a burn to the rider.
Here are more details straight from the NHTSA’s website:
RECALL Subject: Water may Penetrate Battery resulting in Leakage
SUMMARY: Zero Motorcycles Inc. (Zero) is recalling certain model year 2013 FX motorcycles manufactured January 28, 2013, through May 21, 2013; and model year 2013 XU motorcycles manufactured January 16, 2013, through May 20, 2013. A manufacturing defect with the sealant material in the battery may allow water to penetrate the battery and contact the cells.
CONSEQUENCE: Water penetration into the battery may lead to corrosion of the cells, possibly resulting in a rapid temperature increase and off-gassing of the cells’ electrolyte which may cause a burn to the rider.
REMEDY: Zero will notify owners and dealers will replace the battery modules, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late June 2013. Owners may contact Zero motorcycles at 1-888-786-9376.
Interesting is the number of bikes affected (128). This could well be the total production of these two models in 5 months.
Noteworthy too is that the Zero MX, which has ZF2.8 or ZF5.7 battery packs (same as Zero FX and Zero XU), isn’t affected by this recall.