The Yamaha YZF-R3 is the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer's answer for the quarter-litre performance bike segment. The R3 has already been subjected to recalls in the past (Reason 1 and Reason 2), and again, the R3 falls under a recall program.
The recall affects motorcycles sold in the US and Canadian market only. 40 motorcycles from each country are affected, and by affected we mean a good old mix up.
The reason is a simple goof up by Yamaha — the R3s sold in the US had Canadian certification labels, and the Canadian ones have US certification labels.
Might not sound big, but that can cause confusion in regards to Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) when it comes to service, insurance, and even while selling the Yamaha R3. Also, the certification labels change — the Canadian ones are bilingual (English and French), while the US certification reads in English only.
As simple as the problem sounds, fix is also easy. Dealers will remove the label and affix the correct ones.
One might wonder what a mere label would do, but VINs are important and are unique to every motorcycle or any vehicle for that matter. Such a goof up by a reputed company does raise questions about attention, but hey, we are all humans at the end of the day, and we tend to make mistakes.