New Delhi, July 23 (): India Yamaha Motor (IYM), the Indian arm of Japanese two-wheeler giant Yamaha Motors, is to start recalling 56,082 units of ‘Ray’ to fix a problem with the handlebar of the vehicle that in the worst circumstances may cause difficulty in steering operations. This will be the largest ever safety recall of two-wheelers in India.
Ray scooters were launched for women in January this year in India. It is a compact model scooter, with Yamaha focusing on selling it to women in India.
The problem has been found in the scooter’s handlebar and the fault has been defined by the company as “insufficient strength in the handlebar of some scooters due to inadequate welding.” The weld joints were said to be weak and may give way leading to the steering becoming inoperable. The company has said it would replace the handlebar of the affected Ray automatic scooter free of cost to the customer.
The voluntary recall exercise will be made through the ‘Ray Refresh Campaign’. Yamaha dealers will contact Ray owners and inform them about this recall. Owners have to take their Ray scooters to the dealership for the replacement of the handlebar. The replacement work will take place in less than two hours. The company has advised the Ray owners to get in touch with their nearest Yamaha dealers.
The owners of the recently launched Ray Z variant need not worry as the scooter is not covered by the recall.
In India, usually recalls are very rare in the two-wheeler sector. The last prominent recall was when Honda recalled the CBR250R motorcycle to fix a range of issues. Bajaj recalled the Pulsar 220 DTSi motorcycle to replace the starter relay.
Yamaha is recalling such faulty vehicles for the second time. The first recall was made a few years ago, to fix a protective mesh to the side fairing for first gen R15.
Yamaha Ray offers features like air-cooled 4-stroke 113cc engine with CVT (continuous variable transmission), easy handling and good fuel efficiency.