Ducati is recalling the 2012 1199 Panigale because one of the screws used to connect the swingarm and the rear suspension linkage may have the wrong head shape and be longer than the correct one.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) reports that Ducati is recalling certain 2012 1199 Panigale superbikes due to the possibility of an incorrect screw being used to connect the swingarm to the rear suspension linkage. If the linkage detaches from the swingarm because of the missing crew, the NHTSA states a “catastrophic suspension collapse would occur and adversely affect the ability to safely handle the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.”
The “non-compliant” screw was installed on a number of motorcycles. According to Ducati, the incorrect screw has a different head shape and length. The correct screw is only 46mm long, much shorter than the 55mm “non-compliant” screw that was used in its place. Approximately 375 Panigale models are affected.
Though an owner notification schedule has not been released, the report says that Ducati is in the process of notifying owners who can take their motorcycles to their local dealership to have the screw inspected and replaced as necessary, free of charge. Ducati’s safety recall number is RCL-12-004. Panigale owners can contact Ducati at 1-800-231-6696 or go to their website at www.ducati.com. They can also contact the NTHSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.