Polaris Industries a record fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2013, with sales revenue of $1.08 billion and a net income of $108.7 million. While off-road vehicles represent the bulk of Polaris’ business, its motorcycle operations saw a 94% increase in fourth quarter sales, thanks to strong demand for Victory Motorcycles and the addition of new […]
Victory Recalls 2012-2013 Models
Polaris has initiated a recall campaign on 6,618 motorcycles representing units from each of Victory‘s 2012-2013 offerings. Though all of Victory‘s models from the last two years are included, the recall campaign pertains to units produced from Jan. 3, to Aug. 15, 2012, and just less than 2% of the units produced over that period are affected.
The recall campaign affects the new 2013 Victory Boardwalk, the 2012 Kingpin it replaced, and all versions of the 2012-2013 Cross Country, Cross Roads, Hammer, Hard-Ball, Jackpot, Judge, Vegas and Vision including the Ness edition versions.
According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the throttle cable retention nuts on affected units may not have received the proper torqueing procedure. As a result, the nuts closest to the throttle body may become dislodged and interfere with throttle control.
Victory received two field reports of loose throttle cable retention nuts in August 2012. After the first report, Victory began an investigation on units still in Victory’s possession found no issues. The investigation also ruled out engineering and component changes. After the second report came in 10 days later, Victory conducted another inspection on nearly 650 units in the company’s possession and found 10 units with improperly torqued retention nuts.
The investigation determined the flaw was a result of human factors during production. Victory responded by installing an additional assembly station on Aug. 16 to fasten the retention nuts with the correct torque.
Victory dealers will inspect all potentially affected units and apply the correct torque to the retention nuts.