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NHTSA 05-98
Wednesday, February 4, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Ducati North America, Inc.


Ducati 916 Years: 1994-1995

Number Involved: 649
Dates of Manufacture: Not yet available
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V224
Vehicle Description: Motorcycles.
Description of Defect: The rear wheel spindle can fail and the roller bearing and seals of the hub are not properly lubricated.
Consequence of Defect: This can result an increased braking effort.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the rear wheel spindle and lubricate the roller bearing and seals of the hub.
Owner Notification: Owner notification schedule has not yet been provided.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ducati at 1-973-839-2600.

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.