Minnesota based motorcycle company Indian is recalling11 models from the 2018 model year, due to the engines starting by themselves because of a faulty switch. Affected models include certain Indian Chief, Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Chief Vintage, Chieftain, Chieftain Classic, Chieftain Dark Horse, Chieftain Elite, Chieftain Limited, Springfield, and Springfield Dark Horse.

Documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that corrosion in the switch can cause an electrical short, which can start the engine if the key fob is nearby. The agency says if the engine starts unintentionally and the bike is in an enclosed space, people could be exposed to carbon monoxide.

The recall defect report states that some of the 2018 111ci Indian Motorcycles were manufactured with a "right-hand switch cube" that does not meet Indian Motorcycle’s quality standards.

Indian will notify owners, and dealers will replace the right-hand combination switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 19, 2018. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian’s number for this recall is I-18-04.

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 www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number is 18V228000.

Dealers will replace the switch at no cost to owners.


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