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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 05-98
Tuesday, December 2, 1997 Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF OCTOBER RECALLS

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Brands: Motorcycle half helmets

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Number Involved: 6,575
Dates of Manufacture: May - September 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97E034 Harley-Davidson Campaign No. 089
Equipment Description: Motorcycle half helmets, Part Nos. 98070-97V, 98037-97V, 98038-97V, 98039-97V, 98072-97V, 98081-97V, and 98082-97V.
Description of Defect: These helmets have misassembled retention systems.
Consequence of Defect: This condition can allow the helmet to move out of position on the user's head.
Corrective Action: Dealers will inspect these helmets and, if necessary, replace these helmets.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began during October 1997.
Note: Owners who take their helmets to an authorized dealer and do not receive the free inspection and remedy within a reasonable time should contact Harley-Davidson at 1-414-342-4680.

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.