Harley-Davidson’s Major Recall: What Every Owner Needs to Know

Riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating. But it’s crucial that our bikes are in perfect condition to ensure our safety. A recent announcement from Harley-Davidson underscores the importance of this, reminding us of the need to be vigilant about our vehicles’ condition.

The Issue at Hand

Harley-Davidson, a trusted name in the motorcycle world, has initiated a recall of 21 distinct motorcycle models. The reason? A potentially faulty part that could significantly elevate the risk of accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the issue lies in a fastener that secures the rear shock absorber. Should this break, the rear shock absorber adjuster could potentially damage the rear tire. And as we know, even the slightest loss of tire pressure can result in loss of vehicle control, escalating the risk of a crash.

Is Your Bike Affected?

Here’s what to look out for:

  • A noise originating from under the seat.
  • Discovering a loose rear shock adjuster upon seat removal.
  • Difficulty in maneuvering the motorcycle, indicating that the rear shock adjuster is in contact with the rear tire.
  • An unusual wear pattern on the tire.

This recall is substantial, impacting over 65,000 motorcycles manufactured from June 28, 2017, to Aug. 7, 2023. The primary concern involves Softail motorcycles with a specific style of rear shock adjuster. But don’t let your guard down if you own other models; some motorcycles might have received this faulty rear shock adjuster part as an accessory.

List of Affected Models:

  • 2018 and 2019 FLDE
  • 2018 to 2021 FLHC
  • 2018 to 2023 FLHCS (including the 2018 and 2023 FLHCS ANV models)
  • 2020 to 2023 FXLRS
  • 2022 and 2023 FXLRST
  • 2022 FXRST

What Should You Do Next?

  1. Stay Informed: Harley-Davidson will be mailing out notification letters to affected motorcycle owners from Sept. 5 onwards.
  2. Seek Assistance: If you believe your motorcycle is part of the recall, schedule a service with an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer. They will replace the shock absorber fastener at no cost.
  3. Connect for More Information: Contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464 (Reference recall number: 0181) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

Riding is about freedom, but that freedom is best enjoyed when our safety isn’t compromised. As a firm that advocates for victims and ensures that companies are held accountable, OnderLaw reminds all motorcycle enthusiasts to take recalls seriously. Always ensure your bike is in top condition, and stay safe on the road! If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact us today for your free, no-obligation consultation.

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