American motorcycle giant Harley-Davidson has issued a recall globally consisting of around 2.5 lakh motorcycles on account of faulty brakes which can lead to sudden failure, and cause accidents, possibly fatal.
The recall is slated to hit ABS models manufactured between 2008-2011 with models from Touring, CVO Touring, and VSRC models. The recall of 2.5 lakh motorcycles, out of which 1.75 lakh are in the United States alone, is expected to cost Harley-Davidson an estimated $30 million.
The issue revolves around a faulty ABS module, and/or neglected maintenance, or both which potentially leads to brake calliper failure. According to Harley-Davidson India, the number of motorcycles in India is very less. But we recommend owners of Touring and CVO models for the affected yeara (2008-2011) to get their motorcycles checked at a Harley-Davidson dealership.
Harley Davidson has been already facing a steady decline in their customer base, with global sales plummeting in recent years. The sales fell sharply in the US and the Bar and Shield brand decided to shut down its Kansas City manufacturing plant.
The only respite for the American Motorcycle manufacturer is that sales in some overseas markets have been encouraging. As a part of Harley-Davidson’s effort to increase sales, they plan to increase their international business to at least 50 per cent of its total annual volume. Harley-Davidson will also be launching their characteristic America V-Twin cruisers with an all-electric motor.