Harley Davidson recalls thousands of motorcycles over ‘fatal’ flaw
Harley Davidson recalls thousands of motorcycles due to ‘deadly’ defect
Harley Davidson Australia is recalling thousands of its motorcycles due to a defect that could have life-threatening consequences.
The rear shock absorber adjuster mounting bolt could break, which could damage the rear tire and cause a loss of pressure, the Transport Ministry warned.
This could damage the wheel and cause a sudden loss of tire pressure, they said.
Harley Davidson has recalled more than 3,600 of its motorcycles due to a potentially fatal rear shock absorber defect.
Department of Transportation officials said the potentially dangerous bikes are Softails manufactured between 2017 and 2023.
“A sudden loss of tire air pressure while driving can result in loss of vehicle control increasing the risk of an accident, causing injury or death to the driver and/or passenger and other road users.” , the department said in a statement Monday.
The potential defect affects Softail motorcycles manufactured between 2017 and 2023 in the following variants: FLDE, FLHC, FLHCS, FLHCS ANV, FXLRS and FXLRST.
There are approximately 3,676 such motorcycles on the road in Australia.
Anyone with one of the affected motorcycles can contact their nearest Harley-Davidson Australia dealership and make an appointment to have the motorcycle repaired free of charge, the Department of Transport says.
The 2023 version of the Softail motorcycle is described as “stripped back” and “laden with soul” on the Harley Davidson Australia website.
Softail motorcycles sell for a starting price of around $25,000.
Harley Davidson Australia did not respond to request for comment on the recall.