Triumph Faces up to $2.9m in Penalties for Improperly Reporting Safety Issues in U.S.

Triumph Motorcycles is facing a hefty bill of at least $1.9 million after failing to report safety issues to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that they were aware of for more than a year. The manufacturer also failed to submit documents to the NHTSA surrounding injury claims and progress reports on repairs to recalled motorcycles.

The $1.9 million penalty is made up of a $1.4 million fine and $500,000 that is required to be spent on improving safety practices a the company. A further $1 million in penalties is hanging over the company’s head should further transgressions be discovered.

The penalties stem from a safety issue discovered that could reduce the steering capability of up to 1,300 motorcycles which the NHTSA found had the potential to cause injury or death.

In response to NHTSA’s investigation, Triumph acknowledged deficiencies in the manner in which it collected and reported early warning data to NHTSA and several instances where Triumph was late in providing quarterly reports on safety recalls. In addition, the company failed to respond by the required deadline to a NHTSA Special Order issued as part of the investigation

As part of the decision, Triumph is required to hire an independent consultant to assist with improving the company’s safety practices, hire a dedicated employee with oversight of all safety issues and direct access to the board of directors and submit plans for improved practices and employee training for the NHTSA’s approval.

That $1.9 million fine isn’t small change for Triumph either – the company posted an £8 million loss for the previous financial year which followed on from a larger loss the previous year of £12.8 million.

Source: NHTSA

Triumph Faces up to $2.9m in Penalties for Improperly Reporting Safety Issues in U.S.

Harley-Davidson Recalls 46,000 Bikes Because Riders Were Crashing

Harley-Davidson is recalling almost 46,000 motorcycles in the United States due to the potential issue of bikes staying in gear due to clutches that wouldn’t fully disengage. In the affected motorcycles, the clutch master cylinder may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch, especially if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time. This was apparently caused by a chemical reaction inside the clutch system creating gas bubbles which may cause loss of clutch lift.

The recall comes in the wake of various customer complaints and as a result of 27 accidents which resulted in injuries in four of those crashes – likely from riders panicking and not rolling off the throttle or applying the brakes when the clutch wouldn’t disengage.

The recall covers models from the 2014 and 2014 years such as the Electra Glide, Street Glide, Road Glide and Road King.

Harley-Davidson will notify owners and dealers will flush the clutch system and rebuild the clutch master cylinder, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 23, 2015. Owners in The United may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s number for this recall is 0165. More details of the recall are located here. No word as yet if the recall will be extended worldwide.

Harley-Davidson Recalls 46,000 Bikes Because Riders Were Crashing