The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 has been recalled due to a potential problem in the ABS system.
In a report submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the US, Kawasaki states -
During the manufacturing process of the ABS pump, dust particles may have contaminated the component creating a potential for interference with the motorcycle’s anti-lock function. Under certain braking conditions, the loss of the ABS function may be unexpected which may contribute to an increased risk of crash.
As many as 1,083 units of the bikes are covered under the recall. Kawasaki will specify the nature of repair to the American dealerships and notify the customers through email to bring their bikes into dealerships. The dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace the ABS pump if necessary.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 was launched in India in April with a price tag of Rs. 3.5 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The motorcycles sold in India are unaffected by the recall since they are not equipped with ABS. Cost concerns have restrained Kawasaki from offering ABS in India.
The Ninja 300 is powered by a 296cc parallel twin liquid cooled engine which puts out 39 bhp and 27 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission via a slipper clutch.