Ducati Will Be Recalling Their Hypermotard and Monster Models Over Fuel Line FlawsNews | February 17, 2012
As per the latest reports from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) Italian bike maker Ducati will soon be releasing recall orders for their complete 2012 Ducati Hypermotard and Monster lineups. The reason for the recall is said to be the internal fuel line cracking.
The documents released by NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) suggest that, the quality control department of Ducati have found some small-cracking on the 4-layer squeeze out fuel lines. The minor-cracks discovered by the quality control department have been seen on the internal surface of the line, which comes in contact with fuel. As a result of the flaw, the fuel might leak from the joining the fuel pump flange and fuel lines on the pretentious units.
The leakage problem firstly was found in 2011 November, when the company found fuel leakage on 5 of their units while warm-up testing. In further analysis it was found that the defective fuel lines were the reason behind the leakage. Ducati estimated that the problem primarily was caused due to the improper drying of raw materials through the extrusion process. The supplier of the fuel line part, Dytech Dynamic Fluid Technologies, has also admitted the problem.
The models that will be affected by the recall include the likes of Monster 796, Monster 1100 EVO and 2012 Ducati Monster 696, the 2012 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP Corse and 2012 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO, in addition to the 2011 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP. On a whole, Ducati will be recalling about 913 models in their recall campaign.
The affected fuel lines will be replaced free of cost by the Ducati dealers. If you own any of the aforementioned defective models then you must contact Ducati as soon as possible.