Ohlins expands recall for steering damper kits

Publish Date: 
Nov 26, 2013

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -  Öhlins Racing AB has expanded a previous recall for aftermarket steering damper kits.

The company said it discovered that a safety issue concerning possible cracks occurring in the brackets of the aftermarket steering damper kits affects more model numbers than originally listed in the previous recall. That recall notice was for BMW steering damper kits SD 033, SD 037 and SD 038 and was issued in June 2013 (see image).

Material that was machined in an unfavorable direction, in combination with probable material defect, is causing the aluminum alloy to be sensitive to stress-corrosion cracking, the company said. This recall has been expanded to include steering damper kits produced from September 2008 until October 2013.

Here are the part numbers involved (only batches of these part numbers as listed on the company's website are affected):  SD000, SD 001, SD002, SD003, SD004, SD005, SD020, SD027, SD031, SD041, SD120, SD124, SD137, SD154, SD170, SD178, SD180, SD182, SD183, SD197 and SD215.

The issue does not exist on steering damper kits currently in production, the company added.

Öhlins Racing AB decided to recall all steering damper brackets of specific batches after seven known cases were discovered. "There is a risk that the bracket will fail, allowing it to slide on the cylinder body of the damper, resulting in less steering angle in one direction, or possibly asymmetric damping. Either of these events are cause for concern," the company said.

Customers with a steering damper listed above are being instructed to contact their dealer or Öhlins USA to have it replaced. A page on the www.ohlinsusa.com website lists the specific batch numbers and provides further contact information for any questions. New brackets are being made available to dealers now, the company noted.

"Please remove the recalled steering damper before using the motorcycle!" the company announced. "We apologize for this manufacturing issue. Safety is of the highest importance to Öhlins Racing AB and its affiliates. Customers will receive a replacement bracket without charge or shipping costs."

Posted by Mary Slepicka