One of the weirder recalls we have ever seen at Asphalt & Rubber, Indian is recalling 3,341 motorcycles because they could potentially start on their own.
The issue stems from the bikes’ right-hand control cluster, which can become corroded over time. If a bike’s wireless key is nearby, this can lead to a situation where the motorcycle can initiate the startup procedure without action from the owner.
Obviously such a situation can lead to several potentially dangerous scenarios, with carbon monoxide poisoning at the top of the list.
Indian lists the following machines as being susceptible to the hand control defect, though it only concerns motorcycles from the 2018 model year:
Indian Chief, Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Chief Vintage, Chieftain, Chieftain Classic, Chieftain Dark Horse, Chieftain Elite, Chieftain Limited, Springfield, and Springfield Dark Horse motorcycles.
To remedy the situation, Indian will notify affected owners, and Indian dealers will replace the right hand combination switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 19, 2018.
Concerned owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697, and reference Indian’s number for this recall, which is I-18-04. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov