Motorcycles Recalled for “Sudden Engine Shut-downs”

If you purchased a 2012 Zero S or Zero DS model motorcycle and it died without warning out on the road, you are not alone. The California-based motorcycle manufacturer was forced to recall the models after receiving numerous complaints about “sudden engine shut-downs.”

The company had issued a recall earlier under the belief that an error with the battery waterproof system was causing the vehicle to suddenly shut down on the road. Further testing showed that there was another problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released documents which state:

“These motorcycles are equipped with a motor encoder position signal that may drift over the extended use of the motorcycle. If the signal drifts outside of the given parameters, the motor controller may shut off, resulting in the motorcycle inadvertently losing power.”

This is not the first Zero motorcycle recall we have blogged about: the manufacturer recalled several models in July for faulty brake lights.

If you own one of these motorcycles and have not received a notice from Zero Motorcycles, call them at 1-888-786-9376, or contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4326.

If you ever notice a problem with your vehicle or motorcycle, you can file a complaint at If a motorcycle defect caused death or injury, contact our offices by calling (866) 377-3800 or visit our site to learn more about motorcycle accidents. Take advantage of our free consultations by asking our Denver motorcycle lawyers how they can help your case.

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