By Gerard Rossman
Yamaha has issued a recall on approximately 500 model year 2022 Viking ORVs after reports of a failure of a component in the braking mechanism.
Improper installation of the retaining bolts could result in the parking brake mechanism failing to hold the vehicle when parked allowing the vehicle to move unintentionally, posing crash and injury hazards.
Affected vehicles include the Viking EPS models and Viking VI models.
Yamaha is reaching out with a notification of the recall to owners of the affected vehicles and request that they contact their local dealer to schedule the repair.
Customers are urged not to operate these vehicles until the repair procedure is completed by an authorized Yamaha dealer, and are further advised not to complete the repairs themselves.
More information about the recall can be found at the CPSC website: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2023/Yamaha-Recalls-Viking-Off-Road-Side-by-Side-Vehicles-Due-to-Crash-and-Injury-Hazards-Recall-Alert-1
Gerard Rossman is a journalist with Adrenaline Powersports Mag