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Yamaha recalls 190,000 motorcycles

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Yamaha Motor Corp. is recalling around 190,000 motorcycles because the passenger seat can fall off the rear fender, federal safety regulators and the company said Friday. The recall affects XV250, XVS11, and XVS65 motorcycles from the 1988-2005 model years. The mounting hardware that connects the seat to the fender can loosen when passengers shift their weight, which eventually can cause the seat to fall off. The company says it knows of two minor injuries caused by the defect. Yamaha decided to recall the vehicles after reviewing quality control reports on the motorcycles in Japan. Yamaha will notify owners about the recall this spring. Dealers will replace the seat’s mounting hardware for free.