As advocates of motorcycle safety, we encourage anyone riding on a motorcycle to take all proper precautions to avoid the risk of serious injury. This includes going above and beyond just wearing a helmet. Making sure all equipment is up to industry standards is another essential precaution to take.
Recently, KTM North America recalled their Motocross Competition Off-Road motorcycle due to a crash hazard. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the connecting rod in the crankshaft assembly can break. This hazard can cause the operator to lose control and crash.
Being the outdoor oriented Floridians we are, riding off-road motorcycles is a very common activity or hobby for many. Being informed as to whether or not your equipment is up to industry standards and regulations is crucial for minimizing the risk of serious injury.
Per the CPSC, this recall includes “model year 2016 KTM and Husqvarna Motorcycles brand motocross off-road motorcycles with 250cc, 4 cycle engines.” The recalled KTM models, KTM 250 SX-F and KTM 250 SX-F Factory Edition, are described as orange and black and orange and blue, respectively. The recalled Husqvarna FC 250 models are described as being white with blue and yellow markings.
If you currently own one of these bikes you should immediately stop using the product and contact an authorized KTM or Husqvarna dealer to schedule a repair. Both dealers are offering free repairs for defective models. Currently, only 5 reports of this defect have been reported with no injury.
Despite no reported injuries, this recall still poses a serious threat to owners of the motorcycles. KTM and Husqvarna are brand names in the market of off-road motorcycles and their defective products were sold nationwide for approximately six months.
The CPSC reports that around 920 units were sold before the defect was addressed. This number may be relatively small, but it is important to help avoid every case where a life could be lost.
If you or someone you know owns any of these products, make sure yourself and others are aware of the dangerous crankshaft defect and have it repaired immediately. As always, if you have questions pertaining to any of these products or other recalled products contact the offices of Heintz & Becker at (941) 748-2916 .