The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a sizable recall notice for certain 2014-2015 Grom 125 motorcycles and Forza scooters. According to the notice, “the resin bracket inside the fuel pump of the affected motorcycles may swell and cause the pump impeller to seize.” There are potentially 17,643 units affected by the issue.
Here’s a breakdown of the production dates for the affected models.
2014 Honda Grom 125 – June 12, 2013 – November 27, 2014
2015 Honda Grom 125 – January 6, 2015 – September 8, 2015
2014 Honda NSS300 (Forza) – June 18, 2013 – May 21, 2014
2015 Honda NSS300 (Forza) – November 12, 2014 – March 19, 2015
2014 Honda NSS300A (Forza ABS) – June 19, 2013 – May 21, 2014
2015 Honda NSS300A (Forza ABS) – November 12, 2014 – March 3, 2015
This particular defect traces back to October 15, 2014 according to the Recall Report submitted by American Honda. On that date Honda issued a recall for a fuel pump issue and implemented the solution in production. The Spec-C fuel pumps, as they are called in the Report, which replaced the recalled item continued to be used in production until September 15, 2015. The following month the first report of a Spec-C fuel pump failure arrived from Japan. Long term investigations followed and it was found that the Spec-C fuel pump’s resin inlet cover was prone to swelling after prolonged exposure to oil in testing. As of September 2, 2016, there have been zero warranty claims, field reports or injuries related to the issue and nine reported fuel pump failures, all coming from Japan.
Honda will notify owners, and customers can contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138 for more information. Honda’s recall ID numbers are KC3 and KC4. This recall does supersede the previous fuel pump recall, number 14V-672. Owners that received repairs under the previous recall will need to have the fuel pump replaced again.