Baja Inc., more commonly known as Baja Motorsports, has re-issued a recall of approximately 4,300 of its DR50 and DR70 dirt bikes. The recall was prompted by a defect in the fuel tank systems of the affected models, which can cause the bikes to leak fuel and is a potential fire hazard. The defect has already led to burn injuries among riders, according to recall information posted on the Baja Motorsports website. According to the company, consumers should stop using the affected dirt bikes immediately and contact Baja for free repairs.
The recall officially began in March, but Baja Motorsports, based in Anderson, S.C., received reports of a significant amount of malfunctions and more consumer injuries after the recall notice had been announced–more than twice as many, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The original CPSC recall notice says that the recalled dirt bikes were sold exclusively at Pep Boys, between December 2010 and January 2011. The current CPSC notice, however, changes those dates to between December 2010 and January 2012 and no longer says the bikes were sold exclusively at Pep Boys.
Those who think they may have one of the affected models should check the bike’s VIN (vehicle identification number), which is located on the side of the bike, in the “gooseneck,” where the handlebars meet the body. The dirt bikes affected by the Baja recall have a VIN beginning with L98. For more information, people should contact Baja or read the current CPSC product recall statement.
This isn’t the first time Baja has voluntarily recalled a product. In 2010, the company recalled approximately 308,000 units because of a fuel system defect and a problem with vehicle throttles.