Indian Motorcycle Company has announced a significant recall affecting 11,648 motorcycles across various models due to unexpected brake light illumination, posing a potential safety risk. This recall spans models from 2019 to 2022, including the Challenger series, FTR 1200 models, and Pursuit variants, all identified for non-compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, titled “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Campaign Number 24V069000 underscores the risk of confusion for following drivers, which may increase the risk of a crash. The issue stems from a software error within the Bosch ABS 9.1M Plus module, causing brake lights to activate without input from the rider.
In response to this issue, Indian Motorcycle dealers will update the ABS module software free of charge. Owners are expected to receive notification letters by February 14, 2024, and are encouraged to contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697 for further information. The recall initiative, identified internally as I-24-03, aims to rectify the noncompliance and mitigate any associated safety risks.
For additional assistance, owners may also reach out to the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or visit www.nhtsa.gov. This recall marks a proactive step by Indian Motorcycle to ensure the safety and compliance of its vehicles with federal safety standards, reflecting the company’s commitment to rider safety and regulatory adherence.
This recall was initiated following a discovery process that began with a social media post in September 2021, leading to an extensive investigation by Polaris, Indian Motorcycle’s parent company. Despite initial considerations deeming the issue inconsequential to safety, NHTSA’s decision has prompted this recall, emphasizing the importance of compliance with all safety standards.
Indian Motorcycle has taken steps to prevent future occurrences by updating the ABS module software in all motorcycles leaving the manufacturing facility since April 13, 2022. Owners are advised to schedule service appointments with authorized dealers promptly to ensure their motorcycles are updated with the latest software, ensuring both safety and compliance.
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