K&N recalls KN-204 Oil Filters

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K&N Engineering, Inc. Safety recall


K&N Engineering, Inc. (K&N) has determined that certain K&N oil filters, Part Nos. KN-204 (black) and KN-204C (chrome), manufactured between March 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016 contain a defect related to motor vehicle safety. K&N is conducting a voluntary recall program to replace those parts.


The KN-204 (black) and KN-204C (chrome) oil filters covered by this recall have manufacturing date codes imprinted on the ends of the filters that contain as the second and third characters of the code the number/letter combinations of 3H, 4H, 5H, 6H, 7H, 8H or 9H, with the number corresponding to the month of the year (i.e., 3 for the month of March, 4 for the month of April, etc.) and the letter “H” representing the year 2016. KN-204 and KN-204C oil filters manufactured outside of that date range and which bear different manufacturing date codes are not covered by this recall. K&N oil filters with a different part number are also not covered by or involved in this recall.

If you purchased a KN-204 and/or KN-204C oil filter since March 1, 2016, or if you believe you may have such a filter installed on your vehicle, please check to see if it has a manufacturing date code within that range. The date code can be found as shown in the photograph below. In this photo, the relevant character combination is “7H”, which indicates the oil filter was manufactured in July 2016.

K&N Engineering, Inc. recalls K&N KN-204 Oil Filters

Hazard identified

Oil can leak at the area where a removal nut is welded to the end of the filter. If there is a leak, oil can come in contact with the rear tire or rear brake of a motorcycle, leading to a loss of control or a crash. Such safety concerns do not arise in other vehicles, such as all-terrain vehicles and personal watercrafts.

As of November 14, 2017, the company has received three reports of damage to the engine, rear tire or to brake pads of vehicles where the KN-204 oil filter had been installed in Canada, and no reports of injury.

What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop operating vehicles that have a KN-204 OR KN-204C oil filter installed until they have determined whether or not the filter is affected by the recall. Consumers who have verified that their KN-204 or KN-204C oil filter has one of the seven listed date codes, should not operate their vehicles until the oil filter is replaced. K&N will replace affected oil filters at no charge or provide a refund of the purchase price. Oil filters affected by the recall should be disposed of according to local and provincial law.

Consumers may contact K&N toll-free at 1-800-643-6320 between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm PST Monday to Friday, or send an email to make arrangements to obtain a replacement oil filter or refund of the purchase price. Consumers may also visit K&N's website for more details regarding this recall.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

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