Beginning about December 14, 2009, Harley-Davidson will be recalling touring bikes made between June 6, 2008 and November 19, 2009 because of concerns over the front fuel tank mounts. This will involve 111,569 bikes, 2009 and 2010 models, including CVO tourers and the Tri Glide.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the front fuel tank mounts on these bikes could be distorted in a front-end motorcycle accident that damaged the bike’s frame, causing fuel to leak. It could then ignite and pose vastly increased danger to the rider and all those in the vicinity.
Harley-Davidson, like many companies, has been suffering from the present declining economy and reported an 84 percent drop in its third quarter profits. It has also discontinued the Buell Motorcycle line.
Dealer Repairs Offered
If you own one of these motorcycles, you can take it to a dealer and have the left and right braces replaced. This is designed to reinforce the front mount and reduce any possible distortion should you be involved in a road accident. There will be no charge for this repair work.
Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience, especially if you ride a well-designed and powerful bike like the Harley touring bikes, and in this economic downturn, more people have been commuting to work on bikes. It reduces their gas expenses.
A bike rider must pay extra attention to road conditions and surrounding traffic, being more exposed than a driver or passenger with seatbelts, airbags, and vehicle walls. Please see Motorcycle Accident Questions for more information about accidents and legal issues.
If you have been severely injured in a motorcycle accident, or if you have a loved one who has, you can contact our law office for a free consultation. You may have a valid legal claim.