[UPDATE, October 21, 2021: The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall today for several 2021 and 2022 Husqvarna and GasGas off-road, closed-course competition models including those previously mentioned in the August NHTSA recall outlined below. The CPSC recall is an expanded version of the NHTSA recall, issued for the same reasons but for far more bikes across the U.S. and Canada. Here’s a full list of the models concerned:
- 2021 GasGas EC 300
- 2022 GasGas EC 250
- 2022 Husqvarna TE 150i
- 2022 Husqvarna TE 250i
- 2022 Husqvarna TE 300i
- 2022 Husqvarna FE 350
- 2022 Husqvarna FE 501
The CPSC also notes that model year 2021 bikes will have the letter “M” in the 10th position in the VIN. Meanwhile, MY 2022 bikes will have the letter “N” in the 10th position in the VIN. As with the earlier NHTSA recall, the issue is retaining “R” clips on the front brake caliper pin that could fall out unexpectedly, causing the front brakes to fail.
As of October 21, 2021, an estimated 1,840 bikes in the U.S. and an additional 265 in Canada are believed to be affected. If you own an affected bike, you should cease riding it immediately and contact your Husqvarna or GasGas dealer for recall repair service. The CPSC’s campaign number for this recall is 22-702. If you’re uncertain whether your bike is included in this recall, you can check your Husqvarna VIN here or else check your GasGas VIN here.]
Original piece follows.
On August 31, 2021, KTM North America issued a safety recall for all 2022 Husqvarna FE 350S and FE 501S models due to the possibility of the front brake pads having been installed incorrectly. On affected bikes, there is a possibility that retaining clips can unfasten themselves and fall out while riding. This, in turn, could reduce braking performance, causing injury to the rider and damage to the bike and other property.
According to KTM North America, this recall potentially involves up to 342 bikes sold in North America, with 147 units being 2022 FE 350S models and 195 units being 2022 FE 501S models. KTM says that it believes around one percent of these bikes actually have the defect, but is checking the entire model year designation in the interest of rider safety. These bikes were produced between February 2, 2021 and July 2, 2021. The VINs for these bikes are non-sequential.
Since the potential effects are so serious, KTM advises that all 2022 Husqvarna FE350S and FE 501S owners should discontinue riding these bikes until they can get them to their local authorized Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers for service. Husky dealers will inspect the retaining “R” clips on the front brake calipers to see if they were installed as they should have been. If they are found to be incorrectly installed, your Husqvarna dealer will install them correctly according to established procedure. This recall service will be performed free of charge for owners of affected bikes.
Husqvarna Motorcycles North America began notifying dealers about this recall on August 31, 2021, and will continue issuing notifications through September 2, 2022. The OEM also plans to notify registered owners of affected models beginning on September 20, 2021, and it will continue to do so through November 18, 2022.
Owners may contact KTM customer service at 1-888-985-6090, regarding KTM recall number HTB2108. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s number for this recall is 21V-678. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.nhtsa.gov.