Harley-Davidson has ordered an enormous recall on 2,38,300 bikes worldwide for a clutch downside, and it is the fourth recall for a clutch problem previously 5 years. In keeping with Harley-Davidson, the recall will value about $35 million, though the price of the recall won’t be borne by Harley-Davidson fully, as the problem arose with a third-party equipped element. The voluntary security recall consists of all model-year 2017 and 2018 Touring, Trike and CVO Touring fashions, in addition to some 2017 Softail fashions.
Harley-Davidson introduced the recall throughout a convention name with traders final week, amid a worldwide gross sales slowdown. Not too long ago, Harley-Davidson announce a number of new fashions, together with an all-new electrical mannequin line, and a very new, small displacement mannequin for Asia and rising markets which can be launched by 2022. However the newest recall appear to have hit the long-lasting American bike model’s picture as soon as extra on high quality considerations.
“We, together with our sellers, are dedicated to addressing this problem. The security of our riders is our highest precedence,” Harley-Davidson’s Chief Monetary Officer John Olin stated throughout a convention name with analysts.
Over the previous few years, Harley-Davidson had issued a number of such recollects for clutch points. In 2016, a recall on one other clutch problem coated 27,232 bikes throughout 14 totally different fashions. That recall adopted one other recall in 2015 of 45,901 bikes, additionally for clutch points, and in 2013, there was a recall of 29.046 bikes over one more clutch problem. The sooner recollects had been all resulting from a problem the place the grasp cylinder misplaced its skill to disengage the clutch.
The affected bikes are anticipated to be unfold throughout Harley-Davidson’s abroad markets as properly, together with Europe, certainly one of Harley’s largest export areas. A question to a consultant of Harley-Davidson India by Carandbike stays unanswered whether or not any bikes offered in India can be among the many affected fashions. In any case, the fully-imported Touring and CVO Touring fashions represent a really small proportion of Harley-Davidson India’s gross sales, however the Softail vary is sort of widespread, subsequent solely to the highest-selling Avenue vary in India.