Thu
19
Apr
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Ghost in the machine? Indian motorcycles may self-start due to faulty switch, recall started

DETROIT — There may be a ghost in the machine in about 3,300 Indian brand motorcycles. The engines can start by themselves because of a faulty switch.

The Minnesota company started a recall Thursday of 11 models from the 2018 model year.

Documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say corrosion in the switch can cause an electrical short. That can start the engine if the key fob is nearby. The agency says if the engine starts unintentionally and the bike is in an enclosed space, people could be exposed to carbon monoxide.

Documents show two reports of Indian motorcycles starting themselves, one at a dealership and another in a development vehicle. Polaris Industries Inc., which owns Indian, says it has no reports of carbon monoxide exposure or injuries.

Dealers will replace the switch at no cost to owners.

Wed
07
Feb
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Harley-Davidson Motor Company-RECALL

Brakes may Fail Due to Not Flushing Brake Fluid

These deposits may cause a valve within the ABS Hydraulic Control Unit to stick, reducing braking ability and increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V076000

Manufacturer Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Potential Number of Units Affected 174,636

Summary

Fri
02
Jun
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Harley-Davidson Recalls 57,000 Motorcycles

DETROIT (AP) — Harley-Davidson is recalling about 57,000 motorcycles worldwide because an oil line can come loose, spewing oil into the path of the rear tire.

The recall covers certain 2017 Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Police Electra Glide, Police Road King, Road King, Road King Special, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Road Glide and Road Glide Special motorcycles built from July 2, 2016 through May 9, 2017.

Harley says a clamp on an engine oil cooler line may not have been installed correctly. The Milwaukee-based company says in documents posted Friday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it has nine reports of oil lines coming off. The problem caused two crashes and one minor injury.

Dealers will inspect the clamps and fix them free of charge. The repair is expected to take about a half-hour.

Harley expects to start the recall, including about 46,000 bikes in the U.S., on Tuesday.

Thu
15
Dec
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Indian Issues Recall for 23,746 Motorcycles for Potential Fuel Leaks

Sat
09
Jul
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NHTSA investigates Harley-Davidson motorcycle brake failures

MILWAUKEE — The federal government is investigating complaints from Harley-Davidson owners who say their motorcycle brakes failed without warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the investigation covers 430,000 motorcycles with model years from 2008 through 2011. The investigation stems from bikes with an anti-lock braking system, according to NHTSA.

Riders reported that the brakes on the hand lever and foot pedal did not work, causing one driver to crash into a garage door. Government regulators said they received 43 complaints, three reports of crashes and two reports of injuries.

Regulators said it is possible that some riders who experienced brake failure did not change the motorcycle's brake fluid every two years as recommended by Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc.

The investigation is not a motorcycle product safety recall. Harley-Davidson said it is aware of the investigation and is cooperating with regulators.

Tue
29
Apr
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Harley-Davidson Recall for Fuel Tank Issue(2013-14-FXSB&FXSBSE)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall notice for certain 2013-2014 model-year Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Two models are noted, the FXSB (Softail Breakout) and FXSBSE (Softail CVO Breakout), and there are potentially 9102 units affected. According to the NHTSA release, “Suspension variances may affect the gas tank mounting angle causing the fuel level sensor to read inaccurately.”

In the defect notice submitted to the NHTSA on April 7, 2014, Harley-Davidson outlines the issue in more detail: “Some of these motorcycles may run out of fuel while the fuel range indicator shows miles remaining, in some cases before the low fuel warning lamp illuminates. If this condition remains undetected it could cause the engine to stop running unexpectedly. While in traffic, a stall can possibly lead to a crash. Harley-Davidson has initiated this recall to correct this condition in the affected motorcycles.”

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