Drivers and passengers beware: This week's recalls include 2012 BMW S1000RR motorcycles with potentially catastrophic engine damage; and Michelin tires that experience rapid air loss during use, increasing the risk of a crash. Even if you don't own any of these, let's hope they're not on the road when we're on it.
BMW North America recalled 2012 BMW S1000RR motorcycles, 1,414 in all. The connecting rod bolts may become loose during high engine temperatures and/or high engine operating speeds, which could result in catastrophic engine damage, causing oil to spill and increasing the risk of a crash. BMW will begin contacting owners during May, with dealers replacing the rod bolts free of charge. Owners may contact BMW at (800) 525-7417.
Michelin recalled more than 73,000 tires used on urban buses: XM505 LRJ / 305/85R22.5; XZU2 LRJ / 12R22.5; and XZU3 LRJ / 305/85R22.5, with various production dates. The tire casing may experience a loss of integrity and, in some cases, rapid air loss in the tire while in use, posing a crash risk. The recall began on or about April 30, 2012, with Michelin notifying customers on how to obtain replacement tires.
Tool and garden safety
Exmark recalled about 2,200 Quest 2009-2010 42" ZRT Riding Mowers. The mower deck's bearing supports can fail and cause the deck to interfere with the operator's controls, resulting in a crash hazard. The company has received 18 incident reports, though no injuries. The recalled mowers were sold at Exmark dealers nationwide from March 2009 through April 2010. Owners may contact an Exmark dealer to schedule a free repair and/or to check if the repair has already been made to the mower. The company has contacted registered owners of the recalled mowers. For more information, owners may call Exmark at (800) 667-5296. For the Best Reviewed lawn tractors, read our report.
Gerber Legendary Blades recalled nearly 3,000 Instant Knife blades because the locking mechanism can fail to engage properly, causing the blade to fold during use, posing a laceration hazard. No injuries have been reported. This recall involves model numbers 30-000435 and 31-001101, sold through sporting goods stores nationwide from February 2012 through March 2012. Consumers may contact Gerber Legendary Blades at (877) 314-9130 to receive a free replacement.
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