Harley Davidson Recall 2018: Clutch Problem Could Cost $35 million
Harley Davidson has made news once again with its decision to recall more than 238,000 motorcycles worldwide. The clutch problem has caused the fourth recall for such an issue within five years.
The voluntary safety recall includes all Harley-Davidson Trike, CVO Touring, and Touring models within the 2017 - 2018 years, and some of the 2017 Softails. That means that if you have a Harley that falls within this time frame and meets the perpetrator models, this safety recall could affect you.
“We, along with our dealers, are committed to addressing this issue. The safety of our riders is our highest priority,” Chief Financial Officer John Olin said during to analysts during a conference call. This announcement follows a previous statement that Harley's U.S. motorcycle sales continued falling in the most recent quarter, but the overall profit has risen.
Harley-Davidson has said that the recall will cost the company about $35 million in the current fiscal quarter, and is the latest in a string of recalls that have plagued the company in recent years. In 2016, 27,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles were recalled due to a problem with a clutch master cylinder in approximately 14 models, and another massive recall earlier in 2018 affected 175,000 Harleys with potential brake failure.
Harley owners are urged to check whether their bike will be affected by this recall by entering their bike's information on Harley's website or by going to safercar.gov for a free list of recalls and technical service bulletins.
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