Ducati North America has announced a recall of 964 Diavel motorcycles from model year 2011 due to an equipment problem. The bikes were manufactured between September of 2010 and May of 2011.
The problem exists with the brass inserts that are installed in the chain guard. The inserts may become deformed over time, which may result in the potential loosening of the license plate holder retaining screws on the rear swing-arm. As a result, the license plate holder may become loose during normal operation of the motorcycle. Should this occur, it may interfere with the vehicle’s rear wheel rotation, therefore increasing the risk of an accident.
Owners of the recalled motorcycles will be instructed to take the bike to a Ducati dealer, where the chain guard will be replaced with an updated version that is made with steel inserts. The repair will be done at no cost to consumers. It is expected the recall will start sometime during July.
Consumers with questions can contact Ducati at 1-800-231-6696 and reference Ducati safety recall number RCL-11-002. They may also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit http://www.safercar.gov.
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