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More Recalls for Ducati 1199 Panigale

Friday, August 24, 2012
2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superbike
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued five recall notices for the Ducati 1199 Panigale.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced a spate of recalls for the Ducati 1199 Panigale. In addition to the recall of approximately 375 Ducati Panigale 1199s in June of 2012, five more recall notices have been added to the Ducati superbike in the past two weeks, affecting a potential 2,411 units. In June the warning from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association read that a “catastrophic suspension collapse would occur and adversely affect the ability to safely handle the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash,” due to the use of an incorrect screw to retain the swingarm to the rear suspension.

The five additional notices affect a variety of areas on 2012-2013 1199 Panigale’s manufactured from March 16, 2012 through July 12, 2012. In all cases Ducati has said they will notify owners, but as yet there has been no notification schedule provided. Owners can call Ducati direct at 1-800-231-6696 or go to www.ducati.com to get more information.
The first recall concerns the exhaust butterfly valve bowden cable cover, which could “melt or burn due to excess heat of the catalytic converter” and could result in smoke or fire. Authorized dealers will replace the old exhaust butterfly valve bowden cable cover free of charge.

The second recall has to do with the Uniball bearing on the damper rod eyelet, which, due to an incorrect assembly tolerance, “could slip out of its seat on the Ohlins steering damper.” As a consequence, “the steering damper can detach from its mounting point which can lead to loss of control of the motorcycle.” Ducati dealers will install a special washer at the steering damper’s mounting point, free of charge.

The next recall also affects steering, as the “screws that secure the steering damper to the steering head could fall out due to an insufficient amount of Loctite applied to the threads.” The steering damper could detach from the steering head, increasing the likelihood of a crash. Dealers “will remove both screws, clean the threads, apply the proper amount of Loctite, and tighten to the proper torque settings, free of charge.”

The fourth recall addresses the fact that “the right and left swingarm shaft pivots can loosen,” leading to “loss of control of the motorcycle, increasing the risk of personal injury.” Dealers are set to tighten the right and left swingarm shaft pivots to the proper torque settings free of charge.

The final notice concerns the 1199 Panigale’s front brake master cylinder reservoir hose, which “might interfere with the threading end of the reservoir retaining screw.” Damage can be caused to the hose, “which could lead to a front brake system failure.” Dealers will install a cap nut and a washer at the end of the reservoir retaining screw for free.

In addition to contacting Ducati, owners of the 2012-2013 1199 Panigale can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safecar.gov for more information. Ducati’s recall number for the five notices listed above is RCL-12-006.

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