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Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 recalled for seat base failure

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Harley-Davidson is recalling specific units of the 2021 Pan America 1250 and 1250S motorcycles in the USA. The recall includes 42 units of the Pan America 1250 and 2647 units of the Pan America 1250S. Therefore, the brand will recall a total of 2689 units of adventure motorcycles in the American market. Currently, the recall is specific for the North American market only. The brand has not announced if it will recall the motorcycle model in India.

The Fault

According to sources, certain 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America motorcycles may lose threaded insert retention. This may be at one or more of the fastening locations. The NHTSA reveals that this condition is most likely to develop as a result of the rider applying upward load on the hand-held portion of the seat base. This could happen while deploying the centre stand of the motorcycle. The current parts may be less capable of resisting an upward load in the threaded insert locations. The involved seat component is “Struct Tailsect Sub-compnt, Hand Hold” with the part number 47200713, seat base manufactured by Cascade Engineering, Inc.

The brand estimates that only 1% of the recalled vehicles may have the defect. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) also revealed that the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250S manufactured between 8 March 2021 and 13 October 2021 may have the defect. The brand has rectified the issue on vehicles produced after 13 October 2021 with an updated Seat Base (similar part number 47200713) that did not exhibit the defect. The fault may be a manufacturing variation during the production process. 

The Solution

Harley-Davidson Motor Company will replace part number 47200713 Seat Base with an updated part. Owners with VIN range beginning 1HD1ZES19MB300609 and ending with 1HD1ZES16MB315889 (Not Sequential) may bring their vehicles to authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships with prior appointments. The recall part number 47200713 may be identified with a manufacturing date stamp (on the bottom of the part). 

It is important to note that no crash, injury, death or damage has been reported pertaining to this recall.

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