Harley-Davidson Announces Recall Due to Insecure Saddlebags

Harley-Davidson Announces Recall Due to Insecure Saddlebags
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July 23, 2015

Just in case we needed motorcycles to be a little less safe, riders now need to be on the lookout for runaway saddlebags.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company is issuing a recall for several model year 2014-2015 motorcycles after discovering an issue with the saddlebag, a storage container on the side of the bike. The affected motorcycles have mounting receptacles that may not adequately secure the saddlebags. This can cause the item to separate while the motorcycle is in use, creating a crash hazard for the user and a road hazard for other vehicles.

Due to elevated warranty claims in January of this year, the Milwaukee-based company initiated an investigation into the saddlebags. By June, a research team had concluded that a misaligned support rail in the affected models was causing the issue, and developed an updated receptacle. Harley-Davidson claims that no injuries have occurred as a result of this defect.

Harley-Davidson is recalling over 185.000 vehicles. A list of affected models can be found at www.safercar.gov (search for NHTSA Campaign Number 15V427000).

Harley-Davidson are expected to begin notifying owners on July 27, 2015. Dealers will replace the faulty mounting receptacles with an updated version, free of charge. Owners can contact Harley-Davidson customer service at (800) 258-2464.