Indian Motorcycle® today announced that some legacy generation, Kings
Mountain-era Indian® motorcycles of model years 2009-2013 have a defect
related to motor vehicle safety. The affected motorcycles -- produced
between December 10, 2008 and November 1, 2012 and designed by the
previous owner of Indian Motorcycle, housed in Kings Mountain, North
Carolina-- may have been assembled using a defective rear wheel
rim. The rim may crack and cause a loss of air pressure. This could
cause the vehicle operator to lose control, increasing the risk of a
vehicle crash. The recall does not impact the newly launched 2014
Indian® Chief® motorcycles unveiled by Polaris Industries Inc. in
Sturgis, South Dakota on August 3.
Indian Motorcycle has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) about this issue and will provide notice to all
registered owners of the affected Kings Mountain Indian motorcycles
consistent with NHTSA regulations. Indian Motorcycle will also issue a
Safety Recall Bulletin to all Indian Motorcycle dealers with
instructions required to replace the affected rear wheel assembly.
Repairs will be made by any authorized Indian Motorcycle dealer at no
cost to owners of the subject motorcycles. The company will notify
affected customers when replacement parts are available.
Consumers affected by today's announcement should visually inspect the
rear motorcycle rim for cracks and check tire pressure prior to riding
the motorcycle. If any cracks are found, the motorcycle should not be
ridden until the rim is replaced. Affected consumers are also encouraged
to contact their nearest dealer to schedule an appointment for the
bulletin repair service when parts become available. Additional
information is available by visiting www.indianmotorcycle.com
or by contacting Indian Motorcycle Consumer Service Department at (877)
The new Indian Motorcycle company recently announced the availability of
its model year 2014 Indian Chief motorcycles, which are assembled in
Spirit Lake, Iowa. These all-new 2014 models have been completely
redesigned and are wholly unaffected by today's announcement. Indian
Motorcycle and parent company Polaris Industries Inc. are fully
committed to rider safety and customer satisfaction.
ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®
Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc.
(NYSE: PII), is America's first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901,
Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world
and earned distinction as one of America's most legendary and iconic
brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and
countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and
passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please
ABOUT POLARIS® INDUSTRIES
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual
2012 sales of $3.2 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and
markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including
all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER®
and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles,
motorcycles and small vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and
off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight
cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian
Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the
global on-road small vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars
(GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed
vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of
Polaris and KLIM branded apparel and Polaris accessories and parts.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the
symbol "PII", and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and
vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or
anytime at www.polaris.com.
For Indian Motorcycle
Megan Kathman, 646-661-1524