Harley-Davidson is issuing a worldwide recall of more than 4,500 FXDL Dyna Low Rider bikes due to trouble with the ignition switches. On certain bikes, vibrations can turn the switches from “on” to “accessory,” meaning the bike can stop unexpectedly.
The problem tends to occur at around 5,800 revolutions per minute (RPMs.) Factory motorcycles are limited to about 5,600 RPMs, but Harley offers performance calibrations that could allow engines to rev higher than the limit.
The recall covers more than 3,300 motorcycles in the U.S. from the 2014 model year. Harley-Davidson dealers will replace bracket assemblies and ignition switch knobs free of cost for owners responding to the recall.
The motorcycle manufacturer had received four warranty complaints about the issue, including a report from its service department. Harley says that so far, no crashes or injuries have been attributed to the defect.
Ignition switches have also been an enormous problem for the auto industry this year, forcing General Motors and Chrysler to recall almost 19 million cars. In June, federal safety regulators launched an investigation into ignition-switch and airbag problems across the auto industry.
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[Did You Know: Harley-Davidson has recalled almost 70,000 bikes this year due to ignition switches and brake line problems.]