The motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson, has issued a recall on 178,000 of their motorcycles due to a dangerous clutch defect.

The clutch could get stuck in gear due to an internal leak.  If the leak persists, the clutch’s master reservoir could lose enough fluid to expose the hydraulic clutch circuit to air. This could inhibit the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch.  This poses a very dangerous risk for the driver and increases the likelihood of a crash.

According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) the recall involves 36 different Harley-Davidson motorcycles involving model years 2017 and 2018.

For the full list of recalled motorcycles, click here.

Harley-Davidson is aware of five crashes due to the defect. No injuries have been reported. 

Recovering compensation after an injury from a defective product

It is a manufacturer’s responsibility to make sure their products are safe for consumers.  If someone is injured due to a defective product, a product liability claim may exist.  A claim may be pursued to pay for damages caused by the defective product such as medical bills, missed time from work and pain and suffering. 

If you or someone you know has been seriously injured by a defective product, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney to review your rights.  Call 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh at Berger and Green today.

Source: mlive.com, “Harley-Davidson recalls nearly 178K brand-new bikes due to clutch issue”