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NHTSA 80-98
September, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc.

Models: Harley-Davidson Part 52805-97

Harley-Davidson Part 52933-97

Number Involved: 1,737

Dates of Manufacture: March 1997 - August 1998

Defect: Detachable back rests which are an accessory item installed on certain 1994 through 1999 model motorcycles can become detached from its front mounts. This can cause the passenger to shift his/her position, possibly resulting in personal injury, and can impede the driver's ability to control the motorcycle.

Remedy: Dealers will repair the mounts on these back rests. Owner notification was to begin during October 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. 98E029/Harley-Davidson Recall No. 092]

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.