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KTM issues motorcycle recall

KTM North America, Inc. has issued a recall affecting 1,238 units when it was found that affected motorcycles may have a rear shock absorber that may leak oil from the rebound damping plug, resulting in a loss of shock function. Loss of function of the rear shock may affect the handling of the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

This recall affects certain model year 2015-2016 1290 Super Adventure motorcycles manufactured December 1, 2014, to December 11, 2015.

KTM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rebound damping plug for leaking and replace the shock absorber, as necessary, and install a new version of the suspension control unit software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090. KTM's number for this recall is TB1611.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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