Power Loss Issues Cause Harley-Davidson to Recall LiveWire

In a recall announcement made yesterday, Harley-Davidson will be recalling all 2020 LiveWire electric motorcycles produced between September 23, 2019 and March 16, 2020. The recall was issued due to a power loss issue related to the charging circuitry.

According to Harley-Davidson 1% of these bikes could suffer from a power interruption issue originating in the onboard charging system. Over the next week, the company will notify owners if their LiveWire is a part of the recall. Affected owners will then need to either take their bike into their local dealership, or opt for free pick up and delivery from Harley-Davidson. Dealerships will then be in charge of updating the bikes software in order to resolve the power interruption issue.

In the recall paperwork, Harley-Davidson explained: “The software in the On-Board Charging (OBC) System may initiate a shutdown of the electric vehicle powertrain, without providing reasonable indication to the rider that a shutdown sequence has been initiated. In some cases, the vehicle may not be able to be restarted or, if restarted, may shortly thereafter shut down again.”

For additional information, LiveWire owners can can visit www.safercar.gov. or contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety (NHTSA) Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

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