After a Canadian rider’s new Ducati Panigale V4 spontaneously burst into flame last month, the bike has now been official recalled throughout the world.
The official recall notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says “a fuel leak may occur from the filler plug when opening it or from the area under the rider seat both when riding the bike or when it is parked, due to a problem with the fuel tank seal and ventilation system”.
“This may cause fuel to leak out of the fuel cap when opening it,” the notice says.
“Under the seat, the internal breather valve could leak fuel past the O rings when it is parked or has just been ridden. This may pose a risk of fire.”
In the Canadian incident, the rider, known only as Nitrouz, noticed a “weird burning smell” as he was riding the new motorcycle.
He looked down and saw the flames and pulled over.
The bike was destroyed and the rider posted photos on a Ducati forum.
Ducati North America contacted the rider and a replacement was immediately issued. They also gave him an extended warranty on the new V4.
The Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) of the 90 affected motorcycles in Australia are listed at the end of this article.
Owners should contact their local authorised Ducati Service Centre as soon as possible to make an appointment to have the motorcycle inspected and repaired.
For further information on the recall, consumers can contact an authorised Ducati dealer or email [email protected]