Harley-Davidson expands recall for clutch plate issues

Publish Date: 
Dec 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Harley-Davidson is recalling certain model year 2014 FLHTCUTG, FXSBE, and FLSTNSE motorcycles manufactured May 3 through Oct. 14, because the affected vehicles may have been built with an incorrect clutch release plate.

An incorrect clutch release plate may prevent the clutch from disengaging. If the clutch does not disengage, the rider may have difficulty slowing or stopping the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash, according to the recall notice.

The recall affects about 2,886 bikes, expanding on an earlier recall of nearly 29,000 bikes for a similar problem.

Harley-Davidson said it discovered the issue after complaints the week of Sept. 24 were referred to its Recall Investigation Committee. A search of warranty data showed there had been 27 claims by that time, although no accidents or injuries were reported. Another search Oct. 15 turned up 281 claims, one reported crash and no injuries or fatalities, a survey of customer contacts indicated 171 contacts, which included eight crashes and three injuries.

Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the clutch release plate. If the clutch is incorrect, it will be replaced free of charge.

Posted by Holly Wagner