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NHTSA 80-98
OCTOBER 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Harley-Davidson Sportster Year: 1999

Number Involved: 232

Dates of Manufacture: June - August 1998 Noncompliance: The certification label incorrectly indicates the front tire size as 100/90-19 57H instead of the correct designation MH90-21 56H. Also the certification labels do not contain the correct model designation. This does not meet the requirements of FMVSS No. 120, "Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles other than Passenger Cars." If incorrect tire information is given, underrated tires could be placed on the motorcycle, causing excessive tire wear or, in extreme cases, possible tire blowouts.

Remedy: Owners will be provided with new certification labels and installation instructions. If an owner desires, their dealer can install the label for them. Owner notification began during November 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Harley-Davidson at 1-414-342-4680.

[NHTSA Recall No. 98V267/Harley-Davidson Recall
No. 094]

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.