In the biggest ever safety recall of two wheelers in India, Japanese two wheeler company Yamaha Motors would replace handlebar in 56,082 Ray scooter that might impact the steering operation.
The company's wholly owned local subsidiary, India Yamaha Motor (IYM), is recalling Ray scooter produced from September 2012 onwards.
"The company has taken this voluntary step after it detected insufficient strength in the handlebar of some scooters due to inadequate welding. The recall campaign on 56,082 units of Ray would cover the handlebar fitted in the scooters that may in the worst case scenario have an impact on the steering operation," IYM said in a statement.
The company had sold a total 60,281 scooters in FY's2012 and another 34,583 scooters in the first quarter of this fiscal. It sells two models Ray and Ray Z in India. "The fault in Ray was identified during one of the field studies. The company found that the handlebar fitted in few Ray scooters were affected by this potential safety issue," the company added. Yamaha will replace the handlebar in all such scooters free of charge.
The company plans to begin the voluntarily recall exercise today through theRay Refresh Campaignwhich will be run through the company's dealership networks across the country. The customers will be contacted through mail as well as phone calls to replace the affected part through this campaign. The other model Ray Z scooters is not affected by the rcall.
Yamaha sells around 10 bikes and two scooters in the domestic market. With overall sales of 3.62 lakh, the world's second largest two wheeler company has a miniscule 2.63% share in the 1.37 crore market of two wheelers in India that is lead by Hero MotoCorpBSE 2.62 %, Honda Motors and Bajaj Auto.