RECALL NEWS: Ducati Announces Models Being Recalled For Defective Rear Shock

Ducati recalls 549 superbikes for defective Öhlins rear shock. See what model-years are affected HERE:

The following report is filed with the NHTSA:

Report Receipt Date: May 8, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V268000
Component(s): Suspension
Potential Number of Units Affected: 549
Manufacturer: Ducati North America

THE RECALL: Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain model-year 2014 1199 Panigale S, 1199 Superleggera and 1199 Panigale R motorcycles. The affected motorcycles may have been built with an improperly manufactured rear shock absorber. The nut on the damper rod for these shock absorbers may loosen, resulting in a loss of damping and the possible disassembling of the shock.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN: If the damper rod nut loosens, shock absorber performance would be affected, possibly causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.

THE FIX: Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will either replace the rear shock assembly or send the shock to the supplier's repair center to be remedied, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 29, 2015. Owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-800-231-6696. Ducati's number for this recall is RCL-15-002.

MORE RECALL INFORMATION: 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 safercar.gov.