when did yamaha go from 9 to 17 digit vin numbers?
- RichardLv 64 weeks ago
VIN means vehicle identification number, so adding the "numbers" is redundant. Kind of like saying "ATM machine"
- adamLv 52 months ago
early 1980s all makes did I believe
- USAFisnumber1Lv 72 months ago
Same reason everyone else did, the government standardized the VIN to 17 digits so more information could be included on it without having to run the entire number. Only the last six numbers are the serial number of the vehicle, all the rest tells you where it was made, who made it, engine size, model year, etc.
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- John AldenLv 72 months ago
17 digits became mandatory around 1980 or 1981
- ExoplanetLv 72 months ago
It is because of Vin Diesel's 9-digit social security number. He sued Yamaha for identity theft and forced them to change. Yamaha's counter-arguments were that none of their motorcycles were Diesel's, and Diesel bore no resemblance to any of their motorcycles. The judge disagreed, stating that the numbers were clearly identified as VIN's. (Too funny--I KILL me.)