Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that Ducati North America is recalling 375 units of the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale sportbike. The recall will affects all versions of the sportbike including the 1199 Panigale S and the 1199 Panigale S Tricolore sold in the United States. The cause of the recall is an incorrect screw that attaches the rear swingarm to the rear suspension linkage. According to NHTSA, the incorrect screw can cause the suspension to collapse, affecting the handling and increasing the risk of crash.
Ducati will notify owners of the affected units soon to arrange for inspection and replacement of parts free of charge. Ducati owners can contact ducati at 1-800-231-6696.
An interesting fact: Although this is the fifth recall for Ducati this year—the most recent affected 283 units of six 2012 Ducati models having a brake problem—Ducati reported record-breaking sales (+12%) for May 2012 and revenues (+20% YTD). It’s the Audi-Ducati merger that drives the growth.