Yamaha engine recall

     Yamaha Motor Corporation is recalling roughly 30,000 outboard engines due to safety concerns over faulty gear shifting. The recall affects all F225, LF225, F200 and LF200 4-stroke outboards for model years 2002 through 2004.

     Yamaha states excessive friction in the ball joints of the throttle link rods may prevent the throttle return springs from returning the throttle linkage all the way to the idle position. If that happens, the company says, the throttle may stay at a fast idle speed that could prevent the operator from shifting the remote control into neutral unless the engine is shut off. 

     A December 30th recall letter from the company warns “The inability to shift into neutral without shutting off the engine could result in an accident with personal injury and/or property damage.” The letter also stresses this recall differs from a September 2003 recall affecting the same range of engines (2002 through 2004 models), which was issued to address a fast-idle problem. The company recommends owners who have not had that modification done have both procedures completed at the same time and cautions against using the specified engines until repairs are made. 

     Owners of affected engines are urged to contact an authorized Yamaha Outboard dealer and make a service appointment to have all necessary repairs completed. Contact information for local dealers can be found by calling 1-800-88-YAMAHA or by visiting the company’s website at www.yamaha-motor.com.