Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Recall
Harley-Davidson Inc. has reported they are recalling 111,569 motorcycles manufactured between June 2008 and November 2009 due to the threat of a gas leak in the event of a front end accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states the recall affects 2009 and 2010 tour bikes, including CVO Touring and Trike lines. These are some of Harley-Davidson’s most expensive motorcycles.
The NHTSA reports that in the event of a front end collision, the front fuel tanks mounts may bend and create conditions that lead to an explosion. However, the NHTSA did not say how many reports they’ve received of gas leaks or fires caused by this particular defect.
Motorcycles have become much safer than they used to be through better technology and new designs, and are popular with people from all walks of life. Harley-Davidson motorcycles may still be associated with motorcycle gangs like Hell’s Angels, but you see just as many middle-aged lawyers riding them around these days. As a result of the popularity of these bikes, more are on the road. Consequently, there is a greater chance for a motorcycle accident. The Harley-Davidson defect also increases the likelihood of injury or death.
Owners of Harley-Davidson motorcycles that may be part of the recall are asked to take their bikes to a dealer who will install front braces designed to reduce mount distortion in the event of a front-end collision. This will be free of charge and begin around December 14.