October 15, 2009; Alert #10-702 - The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Model Year 2009 Zero X and Zero MX Off-Road Motorcycles
Units: About 200
Manufacturer: Zero Motorcycles Inc., of Scotts Valley, Calif.
Hazard: The throttle on the recalled motorcycles can become stuck in the open position or become disconnected. In the “Easy” or the “0-25” mode, this can unexpectedly lead to full power when turning on the power, resulting in a loss of control and serious injury to the rider.
Incidents/Injuries: Zero Motorcycles has received three reports of unexpected acceleration, including one report of minor injuries.
Description: This recall involves the model year 2009 Zero X and Zero MX electric motorcycles. The recalled motorcycles are white, with the Zero name and logo printed on the battery.
Sold by: Zero Motorcycles dealers nationwide from December 2008 through August 2009 for between $7,500 and $8,300.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled motorcycles and contact Zero Motorcycles to schedule a free repair. Registered owners of the affected motorcycles have been mailed a direct notice.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Zero Motorcycles toll-free at (888) 786-9376 or (888) RUN-ZERO between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.zeromotorcycles.com