Harley-Davidson To Recall Motorbikes Over Possible Oil Spill

Motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson has announced that it is recalling approximately 57,000 motorbikes globally due to the risk of an oil line coming loose and spewing oil in the rear tire’s path. The recall which is expected to begin on Tuesday will involve dealers inspecting the clamps and fixing them at no cost.

Among the models affected by the recall include the Road Glide Special, the Road Glide, Street Glide Special, Street Glide, Road King Special, Police Road King, Police Electra Glide and the Electra Glide Ultra Classic. These models were manufactured between July 2, 2016 and May 9, 2017.

Improper installation

The motorcycle manufacturing giant which is based in Milwaukee revealed that the fault could have been caused by the engine oil cooler’s clamp being incorrectly installed. So far Harley-Davidson has received nine reports where oil lines have come off. This resulted in two road crashes as well as one minor injury.

This comes amidst an investigation that the federal regulators have been conducting since last summer over complaints from owners of Harley-Davidson who alleged that the brakes of the iconic motorbike were failing without warning. The NHTSA – National Highway Transport Safety Administration, revealed that about 430,000 motorbikes which had been manufactured between 2008 and 2011 were being investigated. According to the NHTSA, the motorbikes being investigated had the anti-lock braking system installed on them.

In one alleged incident, the brakes of the Harley-Davidson failed leading to the rider crashing into the door of a garage. The NHTSA admitted that 43 complaints were received of which three were crash reports. There were also two injury reports. According to the government regulators one of the possible explanation for the brake failure was the owners of the Harley-Davidson motorbikes failing to change their brake fluid after every two years which are the instructions given by the manufacturer.

Overseas expansion

The recall is coming less than a fortnight after the giant motorcycle manufacturer revealed that it was building a manufacturing plant in Thailand with a view to serving the Southeast Asian market.

“Increased access and affordability for our customers in the region is key to growth for the company in total. There is no intent to reduce H-D U.S. manufacturing due to this expansion,” said the public relations manager of Harley-Davidson, Katie Whitmore.

By putting up a plant in Thailand, the motorcycle manufacturer would be able to avoid a 60% tariff that Thailand slaps on imported motorbikes. Harley-Davidson would also get tax breaks from the exports.

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