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Friday, March 28, 2008

BIG BEAR CHOPPER RECALLS VENOM AND DEVIL'S ADVOCATES CHOPPERS AND SLED CHOPPERS.

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
BIG BEAR CHOPPERS / DEVILS ADVOCATE CHOPPERS
2004-2005
BIG BEAR CHOPPERS / SLED CHOPPERS
2005
BIG BEAR CHOPPERS / VENOM CHOPPERS
2004-2005
Manufacturer : BIG BEAR AMERICAN MADE CHOPPERS, INC Mfr's Report Date : MAR 20, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V129000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STRUCTURE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 351
Summary:
 BIG BEAR CHOPPER IS RECALLING 351 MY 2004-2005 VENOM AND DEVIL'S ADVOCATES CHOPPERS AND MY 2005 SLED CHOPPERS. SOME MOTORCYCLES MAY HAVE INADEQUATE WELD PENETRATION BETWEEN THE NECK, BACKBONE, AND DOWN TUBES OF THE FRAME. HIGH LOADS CREATED WHEN RIDING ON ROUGH ROAD SURFACES, STRUCTURAL MODIFICATION MADE TO THE FRAME BY OWNERS, AND/OR FAILURE TO MAINTAIN THE SPECIFIED TORQUE SETTING OF THE TOP MOTOR MOUNT MAY CAUSE THE AFFECTED WELDS TO CRACK.
Consequence:
 THE WELDED AREA COULD BREAK WITHOUT WARNING RESULTING IN NECK SEPARATION AND FRONT-END COLLAPSE. THIS COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND MAINTAIN THE PROPER TORQUE OF THE TOP MOTOR MOUNT OR MODIFY THE FRAME AS NECESSARY. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 26, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BIG BEAR CHOPPER AT 1-909-878-4340.
Notes:
 BIG BEAR CHOPPERS RECALL NO. 1B9/631. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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