Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Breaking News Alert - Motorcycle Recalls

We provide these breaking news alerts to ensure consumers are protected and educated in hopes that this information will keep you safe and aware of threats to your families' well-being.

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI) announces new Recalls & Alerts:
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Polaris has issued 2 recalls affecting approximately 700 Indian Motorcycles, model year 2009-2011.  The first recall is issued for failing to conform with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 123 regarding "motorcycle controls and displays."  The recall concerns the side stand which may not fold rearward and upward as required, affecting driver control and increasing the risk of crash. 

The recall is expected to begin on or around August 2011 and dealers will inspect the motorcycle and perform the necessary service free of charge.  Owners may contact Indian directly at 651-408-7579. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V344000.

The second recall affects the Body Control Module which can malfunction if the headlight switch is slowly moved from one position to another (high beam to low beam).  During the transition, both beams may be on simultaneously causing the module to interpret a system overload that automatically turns off the headlight.  In the event this occurs, driver visibility is impaired, increasing the risk of crash. 

The recall is expected to begin on or around August 2011 and dealers will inspect the motorcycle and perform the necessary service free of charge.  Owners may contact Indian directly at 651-408-7579. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V343000.
   
Yamaha Brake Defect
Yamaha has issued a recall of approximately 260 FJR1300 motorcycles due to a break light switch defect.  Certain 2011 bikes manufactured between January 2011 and April 2011 may contain a malfunction that prevents the brake light from illuminating when the front brake is applied.  In the event this occurs, other drivers will not receive the proper alert indicating that a rider is slowing down, increasing the risk of crash and injury. 

The recall is expected to begin on or around July 2011 and dealers will inspect the motorcycle and perform the necessary service free of charge.  Owners may contact Yamaha directly at 1-800-962-7926. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V340000.
   
Ducati Equipment Defect
Ducati has issued a recall of approximately 964 Diavel Motorcycles due to an equipment defect.  Certain 2011 bikes manufactured from September 23, 2010 through May 12, 2011 may contain a malfunction that can cause the rear license plate holder to loosen during operation.  If this occurs, the plate could interfere with the motorcycles rear wheel rotation, increasing the risk of crash. 

The recall is expected to begin on or around July 2011 and dealers will inspect the motorcycle and perform the necessary service free of charge.  Owners may contact Ducati directly at 1-800-231-6696. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V336000.

Owners are encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov, with any questions or concerns surrounding these or any other recalls or safety campaigns.

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