Harley-Davidson said it is recalling about 238,300 motorcycles worldwide for a clutch problem marking the fourth recall in five years for clutch-related issues. According to a USA Today news report, the voluntary safety recall includes all model-year 2017 and 2018 Touring, Trike and CVO Toyring models as well as some 2017 Softails. Harley says the recall will cost it about $35 million this quarter. In 2016, the company recalled more than 27,000 bikes covering 14 models for a problem with a clutch master cylinder.
A year earlier, Harley-Davidson recalled about 46,000 of certain 2014 and 2015 Electra Glide, Street Glide, Ultra Limited, Road Glide and Road King motorcycles. According to news reports, there were 27 crashes and four injuries associated with that particular clutch. Earlier, in 2013, Harley recalled about 25,000 motorcycles, also for a clutch-related issue. When the recall begins, dealers will repair the problem at no cost to consumers.
How Can Clutch Issues Affect You?
If you are a motorcycle owner, it is important that you recognize any problems that might arise with your vehicle. Motorcyclists are statistically more prone to accidents and injuries and it is absolutely critical that your vehicle is in good condition before you hit the road. One of the most telling signs of a bad clutch is if you are finding it harder to shift gears when your motorcycle’s engine is running. You may not be able to change gear smoothly. The clutch may appear stiff.
You may also notice that your motorcycle is making strange noises that were not present previously when you are shifting gears. Another common symptom of motorcycle clutch issues is that you might see rpm increases when you accelerate, but not see a corresponding increase in speed. Your motorcycle might also make a clattering or metallic sound when you drive it. If you notice any of these symptoms, your clutch might be worn out and might need changing, or you might have a defective clutch that might need to be replaced.
If You Have Been Injured
If you have been injured as the result of these or other motorcycle defects, you may be able to seek compensation for damages from the manufacturer of the motorcycle and/or the maker of the defective parts. You can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitative therapy, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced motorcycle defect attorney will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.