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Harley Vehicle Recalls Could Be a Real Problem For Bike Owners

Yet another vehicle recall is making headlines this week, as Harley prepares to pull and repair more than one hundred thousand hydraulic clutch systems. The recall applies to motorcycles built between spring 2013 and summer 2014. The models are thought to be a definite safety risk for riders. Harley urged its riders to have the problem corrected as soon as possible, after 19 crashes were reported that could be directly linked to the acknowledged defect. Fortunately, at this point, injuries reported were minor, but the likelihood of the clutch to disengage and gain forward momentum when at a stop.

Tony Macrito was quick to point out that no one has been seriously injured as a result of the complication and that the company is willing to have the problem corrected – at no cost to the bike owners – at the convenience of the riders. However, this was not Harley’s first recall of 2014.

Earlier this year, more than sixty thousand bikes were recalled (all of them 2014 models) because of defects in the front brake lines. The likelihood of the front brake line being pinched between the frame and the fuel tank left riders in serious danger of the front tire locking up during a ride. There were forty reports of accidents prior to the recall, four of which involved a major crashes.

Vehicle recalls are happening with such frequency these days that owners have been known to set the notice aside and forget it completely. The risks are real, however. As can be seen in these two examples, the complications that force manufacturers to make the decision to recall vehicles are generally very serious.

If you are injured as a result of a vehicle defect, or if a repair shop refuses to do the necessary recall-related work, consult a personal injury attorney about your rights to compensation.

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