recalls their select models for the fourth time in last five years to address a clutch problem. According to the CFO John Olin who also stated that this recall will cost them around $35 million in the upcoming quarter of the ongoing financial year. It will be harsh on the company, especially taking into consideration the fact that their third quarter sales figures in US were not really impressive.
Over the past few years, Harley has recalled several models with same clutch issues. While 2016 had 27,232 motorcycles recalled from 14 different models, 2015 and 2013had 45,901 and 29,046 recalls respectively. All these recalls were done to address the same issue where the master cylinder failed to disengage with the clutch. While this time, Harley hasn’t clarified on the issue except for the part that it involves the clutch master cylinder.
Earlier this year, Harley Davidson had recalled as many as 2,50,000 bikes to address brake issues. As per the user manual, the brake fluid has to be flushed at periodical intervals for the calipers to function properly. Harley took an earlier step here to provide support by offering to flush the brake fluid for free, in order to prevent any damage which led to the recall.
Harley Davidson has announced the recall of 2017 and 2018 Touring, Trike and CVO touring models along with few softail models of 2017. If Indian models will be affected by this issue, has not yet been confirmed by the company. This recall is a matter of concern in the Indian market where Softails are amongst the best-selling models from Harley. For further clarification regarding the recall, it is recommended that the customers get in touch with the company dealerships.