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Indian Motorcycles Recalled Due to Risk of Crash

Motorcycles made from 2009 to 2013 recalled
Sep 3, 2013, 11:52 am EDT | By William White, InvestorPlace Writer


Polaris’ (PII) Indian Motorcycles, announced on Friday, that it is recalling motorcycles with model years of 2009 to 2013 manufactured at Kings Mountain, NC.

Motorcycles made during this time may have been manufactured with a defective rear wheel rim. The defect may cause the rim to crack and can cause a loss of air pressure. This defect could cause the rider to lose control of the motorcycle. Indian Motorcycles has alerted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the defect an is issuing a notice to all registered owners of the motorcycles. The company will also release a Safety Recall Bulletin to all Indian Motorcycle dealers. The bulletin will include instructions on how to replace the rear wheel rim. The repairs will be made by an authorized Indian Motorcycle dealer. Owners of the affected motorcycles won’t be charged for the repairs. Unaffected by the recall are the 2014 Indian Chief motorcycles, reports 4-traders.com.

The affected motorcycles were made using designs from before Indian Motorcycles was bought by Polaris. Despite this, Polaris is still responsible for fixing the defects of past motorcycle designs.



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Transport Canada has announced a recall on various Indian motorcycles from model years 2009 to 2013 because of a risk of the rims cracking. All of the recalled motorcycles were from the old Indian designs before the storied brand was acquired by Polaris Industries. But as the new owners of Indian Motorcycles, Polaris is left with the responsibility of correcting defects from previous designs.

According to Transport Canada, the rims on the rear wheels of certain motorcycles may crack, causing a sudden loss of tire pressure. This could result in a change in the motorcycle’s handling, increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall affects the following models:

  • 2011 Indian Chief Blackhawk
  • 2011 Indian Chief Blackhawk Dark
  • 2010 Indian Chief Bomber
  • 2010-2013 Indian Chief Classic
  • 2010-2013 Indian Chief Dark Horse
  • 2009 Indian Chief Deluxe
  • 2009-2011 Indian Chief Roadmaster
  • 2009 Indian Chief Standard
  • 2009-2013 Indian Chief Vintage

The recall affects 68 units in Canada. Dealers will inspect the recalled motorcycles and replace the rear rims.

At the moment, a recall has only been announced for Canada. We’ll provide an update if and when a recall is announced for the U.S. by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

[source: Transport Canada]

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Who is the manufacturer of the rim?

That would be nice to know as I doubt they only made the rim for Kings Mountain.

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Who is the manufacturer of the rim?

That would be nice to know as I doubt they only made the rim for Kings Mountain.

Why, did you want them to make a couple for you?!?! :grin:

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