Indian Recalls Certain Chief, Chieftain and Springfield Motorcycles


It has begun. The machines are coming to life all on their own and we humans will soon be slaves to our man-made overlords. Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to warn us about this. Just kidding, certain 2018 Indian Chief, Chieftain and Springfield motorcycles might start up all on their own if the key fob is in range due to corrosion in the right handlebar switch housing. Owners will be contacted and the right combination switch will be replaced free of charge.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 19, 2018

Indian Recall: Motorcycle may Start Unexpectedly

If the motorcycle starts unintentionally and is parked in an enclosed space, exposure to carbon monoxide may increase the risk of injury.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V228000

Manufacturer: Indian Motorcycle Company

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,341

Make Model Model Year(s)
INDIAN CHIEF 2018
INDIAN CHIEF CLASSIC 2018
INDIAN CHIEF DARK HORSE 2018
INDIAN CHIEF VINTAGE 2018
INDIAN CHIEFTAIN 2018
INDIAN CHIEFTAIN CLASSIC 2018
INDIAN CHIEFTAIN DARK HORSE 2018
INDIAN CHIEFTAIN ELITE 2018
INDIAN CHIEFTAIN LIMITED 2018
INDIAN SPRINGFIELD 2018
INDIAN SPRINGFIELD DARK HORSE 2018

Summary: Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain 2018 Indian Chief, Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Chief Vintage, Chieftain, Chieftain Classic, Chieftain Dark Horse, Chieftain Elite, Chieftain Limited, Springfield, and Springfield Dark Horse motorcycles. Corrosion may develop within the right combination switch, potentially resulting in the motorcycle starting without the user’s intent if the key fob is near the motorcycle and the required safety interlock conditions are met.

Remedy: Indian will notify owners, and dealers will replace the right hand combination switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 19, 2018. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian’s number for this recall is I-18-04.

Notes: 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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