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Owners of some newer Harleys face crash risk from faulty clutch

Harley-Davidson is one of those companies that has managed to achieve all-American status. Started in 1903, these days the brand is nearly iconic. Still, this motorcycle manufacturer with red, white and blue seemingly coursing through its fuel lines has seen its share of ups and downs.

Back in 2011, the company was making headlines because the previous five years had seen the motorcycle market headed for the ditch. That year, Business Insider and others reported that the company was poised to make its first sales gain in five years. Analysts list a wide range of challenges the company faced then and now. Not least among them is the fact that the most interested buyers are getting up there in age.

That has led the company to develop a wide range of new vehicles with the older rider in mind. They tend to carry names like Electra Glide, Street Glide and Road Glide. The names seem intended to convey that while you may be straddling a hog, the ride will be smooth.

That's all well and good if the machine works as intended. If it doesn't, it may mean that there are some product quality issues. And if they lead to accidents that result in injury, the company deserves to be held accountable.

Harley-Davidson has been around long enough to know that. Perhaps that's why it recently announced that it's recalling nearly 46,000 motorcycles built in the 2014 and 2015 model years. The company says the clutch master cylinder on the models is faulty, meaning that it might not always fully disengage. If that happens, the motorcycle could jerk suddenly and cause a crash.

There have been 27 crashes reported with four people being injured. Fortunately, the injuries have been minor to this point.

Motorcycling already has inherent risks. If the vehicles fail to perform as expected, the victims should be aware they have rights. To learn more about what they might be and how an experienced attorney may be able to help protect those rights, check out our pages dedicated to product liability and motorcycle accidents.

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