|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Models: Harley-Davidson Sportster Year:
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
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.