Zero Motors announces small recall for potentially catastrophic motor failure

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Bad news for those rooting for electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero – the brand is recalling 94 bikes built between December 26, 2013 and February 18, 2014. This is the second recall for the small-scale manufacturer in the past year, following a larger, 268-unit recall in August.

More troubling, though, is the reason the bikes are being recalled. According to the notification from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the motor’s rotor could make contact with the stator (the stationary part of an electric motor) while the bike is in motion. Should this happen, the rear tire could seize. We shouldn’t really need to explain why this would be bad.

The recall affects certain bikes in the 2014 S, SR, DS and FX lines. Perhaps the sole scrap of good news here is that the recalled bikes do cover a very small range of dates – less than two months. You can view the affected date range for each model in the press release.

Zero will begin its recall campaign this month, and will test and replace affected motors free of charge. Take a look below for the full notification from NHTSA.

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