Indian Recalls Big Cruisers Over Potential Fuel Leak

2017 Indian Chief Dark Horse 1 photo
Photo: Indian Motorcycle
Bad luck strikes Indian Motorcycle again, with the classic motorcycle manufacturer being now forced to conduct a new recall over a possible fuel leak in its big machines.
Earlier this year, Indian recalled seven of its models over an overheating problem that could lead to a fire, and, apparently, that wasn’t the only thing that could turn you into Ghost Rider. A possible fuel leak has been discovered recently, and you should be extremely careful until your bike is inspected and the error corrected.

The new recall affects the Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Vintage, Chieftain, Chieftain Dark Horse, Springfield, and Roadmaster, all being models from 2014 - 2017. The Scout and Scout Sixty appear to be OK, though.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) informs that the fuel rail on the affected units may come in contact with other components during manufacture or routine service. This, in turn, may cause the fuel rail to chaff, and is possible to result in a fuel leak.

The recall affects 23,746 units in the US alone, and if you own one of them, you should contact your local Indian dealership. Trained technicians there will inspect the fuel rails and install a bracket to secure the fuel rail on the affected units, preventing it from touching and rubbing against adjacent components.

Needless to say that if your fuel rail is already damaged, it will be replaced free of cost. There have been no reports of injuries or vehicle damage as a result of this issue.

Some of the models mentioned above were also recalled earlier this year for another fire risk. Engine misfires were causing the exhaust system to overheat and were needing an ECM (Engine Control Module) re-calibration. So, if you haven’t fixed that by now, you have one more reason to do it.

Indian Motorcycle’s parent company, Polaris, is also having troubles with fire hazards. The Slingshot three-wheeler appears to suffer from the same misplaced fuel lines which can rupture due to vibrations and contact with other components.
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