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Harley-Davidson Recalls 238,000 Motorcycles Over Clutch Issue

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 October 2018 03:43 PM

Harley-Davidson announced Tuesday a worldwide recall of about 238,300 motorcycles due to a clutch problem, USA Today reported.

Included in the recall, which is costing about $35 million, are all model-year 2017 and 2018 Touring, Trike and CVO Touring models, as well as some 2017 Softails.

Chief Financial Officer John Olin said the company, along with its dealers, "are committed to addressing this issue," according to USA Today. "The safety of our riders is our highest priority."

This is the fourth recall in five years that is related to a clutch issue.

In 2016, Harley-Davidson announced a recall of 27,232 bikes due to a faulty clutch master cylinder, Ultimate Motorcycling reported.

In the recall notice, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that the clutch system "may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch, especially if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time."

The notice added that, "when the engine is running and the motorcycle is in gear, if the clutch cannot be fully disengaged, the motorcycle may move unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash."

A year prior, Harley-Davidson recalled nearly 46,000 bikes, citing similar clutch issues, Motorcyclist noted.

The glitch resulted in 27 associated crashes, and four minor injuries, USA Today noted, adding that roughly 25,000 motorcycles were recalled in 2013 due to clutch related issues.

The recall comes on the heels of a report that saw its biggest quarterly profit beat in two years.

Harley-Davidson's U.S. retail sales plunged 13 percent in the three months ended in September, the steepest quarterly drop in more than eight years, but the motorcycle maker maintained its 2018 shipments forecast, as sales for its classic heavy touring bikes climbed overseas led by Europe.

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