Harley-Davidson recalls 238,300 bikes for clutch issue

Harley-Davidson is recalling about 238,000 motorcycles worldwide because of a clutch issue. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that it's the fourth recall for such an issue in five years.

The Associated Press reported that nearly 178,000 of the motorcycles are being recalled in the United States.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that fluid can leak inside the clutches, which makes it hard to disengage the bikes from gears and could lead riders to lose control of the bike and crash. Five crashes have been reported, but there were no injuries reported.

Recalled models are the 2017 and 2018 Police Road King, Road King, Road King Special, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Ultra Limited, Ultra Limited Low, Ultra Limited Shrine, Police Electra Glide, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Road Glide Ultra, Road Glide, Road Glide Special, Freewheeler, Tri Glide Ultra, CVO Limited, and the CVO Street Glide.

The 2017 Softail Slim S, Fat Boy S, CVO Pro Street Breakout and the 2018 115th Anniversary Ultra Limited, 115th Anniversary Street Glide, 115th Anniversary Street Glide Special, 115th Anniversary Tri Glide Ultra, 115th Anniversary CVO Limited, and CVO Road Glide are also recalled.

"We, along with our dealers, are committed to addressing this issue," Chief Financial Officer John Olin said during a conference call Tuesday, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. "The safety of our riders is our highest priority."

Riders can check if their bike is part of the recall at Harley-Davidson.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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