WSSHINGTON, D.C. - Polaris is recalling certain Lock & Ride passenger backrests used on several Victory Motorcycle models, according to the NHTSA, which announced the recall in late September.
The recall affects Lock & Ride backrests -- Part No. 2877938 (chrome) and Part No. 2877938-266 (black) -- for use on Hardball vehicles and Cross Country, Cross Country Touring, Cross Country 8-ball and Cross Country 15th Anniversary models.
"If a passenger has, or has had, a luggage rack attached to it... the backrest can fail due to the additional load of the luggage rack," according to the recall (No. 13E04800). The issue was first identified during routine testing, Polaris stated.
Although more than 13,000 customers have been notified, the defect appears on only about 3,100 instances where the combination backrest/luggage rack has been installed, Polaris told the agency.
"If the Passenger Backrests have not been used with the Luggage Racks, they will perform normally and are not affected by this notice," Polaris stated. According to the OEM, the luggage racks will not attach to any other type of backrest, and the passenger backrest will not attach to any other motorcycle model.
Consumers with affected models can continue to ride their vehicles but are being instructed to remove the passenger backrest and luggage rack if they have that particular combination on their bikes. Replacement parts are expected to be available in April 2014, the OEM stated.
Posted by Mary Slepicka