Ducati Recalls 375 Panigale Motorcycles due to Suspension Collapse Problems

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Motorcycle manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. has recalled one of its most high profile and newest models due to a defect that may lead to deadly crashes. In partnership with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ducati is recalling 375 of its 1199 Panigale motorcycles due to a suspension defect.

According to the NHTSA, a screw that is used to retain the swingarm and keep it connected to the rear suspension linkage, is at the heart of the problem. Because it is the wrong screw, the linkage may detach from the swingarm and cause a suspension collapse during riding. If this occurs, it would be difficult to control the bike and may lead to an accident.

Introduced for the first time in 2011, the Ducati 1199 Panigale is one of the company’s newest models with a twin-cylinder engine and 195 horsepower. Ducati will notify owners about the recall and have dealers inspect and replace the offending screw without charge. Owners can contact Ducati at (800) 231-6696 or the NHTSA at (888) 327-4236 for more information.

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