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Harley-Davidson Recall Exposes Potentially Dangerous Flaw

The motorcycle maker, Harley-Davidson, has issued a recall for over 175,000 of their motorcycles. The recall comes after the discovery that there is a problem with the clutch, which may cause the motorcycle to become stuck in gear. The reason that the clutches can become stuck in gear is because it is possible for them to leak fluid internally. When it leaks, it can cause the clutch to not have enough lift to disengage the the motorcycles from gears. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that this malfunction can cause riders to lose control of their motorcycle, therefore increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident.

Harley-Davidson has received reports of five crashes believed to be linked to the malfunctioning clutch. Thankfully, there were no injuries reported with any of these crashes. The some of the models of motorcycles affected by the recall include 2017 and 2018:

  • ┬áPolice Road King
  • Road King Special
  • Electra Glide Ultra Classic
  • Ultra Limited Low
  • Ultra Limited Shrine
  • Police Electra Glide
  • Street Glide
  • Street Glide Special
  • Road Glide Ultra
  • Road Glide
  • Road Glide Special
  • Freewheeler
  • Tri Glide Ultra
  • CVO Limited
  • CVO Street Glide

The company anticipates that the recall will begin on November 5, 2018. If you own one of the recalled motorcycles, you will be able to take it to a Harley-Davidson dealership, where they will install a new secondary clutch actuator piston. The installation of the replacement part will be at no cost to the owners of the motorcycles. If you own one of these motorcycles, you should take it to get it repaired to help reduce the likelihood of being involved in an accident and to keep yourself safer on the roadways.

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