Speaking of recalls…
It seems not a day goes by without more bad news regarding the General Motors ignition recall. Such things are not limited to cars and trucks, as you probably alreday know if you own a Genuine Stella 125 Automatic.
If you don’t know, here’s what’s up: As reported first by Scooterfile, Genuine Scooter Company is recalling all 2014 Stella Automatics to replace a potentially defective ECU. As this is a potential safety issue, this recall has been reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which will assign a recall number and make details available on its website.
While the law requires the manufacturers to notify owners of recalled vehicles in writing, Genuine has already contacted dealers about this issue; the replacement part will be available very soon, if not already. Stella Autos in dealer inventories and at Genuine’s warehouse will have the new ECU installed prior to sale to customers.
In the meantime, Genuine says to not ride your scooter until you’ve made arrangements with your nearest dealer to have the work done (a 5-minute job, sez Scooterfile) at no cost to you. An added bonus of the fix is slightly better performance, yet another incentive to have the work done ASAP.
Kudos to Genuine for being proactive on this issue. It helps tremendously that the number of affected vehicles is in the hundreds, not tens of millions as is the case with GM. Also helpful is the high level of communication within the scooter community. Hey, sometimes stuff happens.