Yamaha Australia has recalled both the MT03LA and YZF-R3A because of an apparent weakness in the clutch and oil pump assemblies.
The learner approved bikes share the same 321cc twin cylinder engine.
In its recall notice, Yamaha states that the clutch pressure plate bearing may fail when operated frequently and that the oil pump drive gear may break due to excessive stress.
Consequences of a failure could be that the clutch may fail to operate and the transmission will not shift properly, and an oil pump failure may cause the engine to seize due to a lack of engine oil supply.
While it’s a remote chance, a failure could have devastating results, especially an oil pump failure.
Affected bikes can be identified by their frame numbers.
Any 2016 model MT03LA bikes with a frame number in the range RH07L – 001001-001800, and 2015 or 2016 model YZF-R3A’s in the range RH072 – 001001-004480 need to taken back to an authorised Yamaha Dealer to have the pressure plate assembly and oil pump assembly replaced.