Defect in Front Wheel Spoke Assembly Prompts Motocross Motorcycle Recall

Defect in Front Wheel Spoke Assembly Prompts Motocross Motorcycle Recall
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January 15, 2016

Doubts over the safety of motocross motorcycles has prompted a recall from KTM North America.

The manufacturer's recall applies to model year 2016 Husqvarna TC and FC, and KTM SX and SX-F motocross competition motorcycles. The front wheel spoke assembly can fail, causing the operator to lose control of the motorcycle and crash.

The firm is recalling about 3,700 motorcycles equipped with 250cc to 450cc, 4-cycle engines, and 125cc to 250cc, 2-cycle engines.

The recalled Husqvarna motorcycles are blue, white and yellow, while the KTM model is orange, black, and white. The company logo appears on both sides of the fuel tank covering. The model name and engine size are printed on both sides of the rear fender below the rear of the seat. The vehicles will have the letter G in the 10th position of the vehicle identification number (VIN). The VIN is located on the right side of the steering head.

Consumers could purchase these motorcycles at KTM and Husqvarna dealers nationwide from March 2015 through October 2015 for between $6,800 and $9,400.

The firm has received two reports of crashes as a result of wheel spoke failure, including one report of a shoulder injury and three broken ribs.

Consumers should immediately stop riding the recalled motorcycles and contact an authorized dealer to schedule a free repair. KTM and Husqvarna Motorcycles are contacting known consumers directly.

Customers with questions about this recall can contact the company at (888) 985-6090.