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Ducati North America has announced a recall for specific models of the Panigale V2 motorcycles manufactured between 2020 and 2023. The recall is due to a software issue that could cause the motorcycle's headlight to automatically switch from low beam to daylight running light mode without rider input.
According to Ducati's Part 573 Safety Recall Report submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 3,315 motorcycles, accounting for around five percent of the affected US Ducati models, may be impacted by this recall.
The report states that Ducati initiated an analysis of warranty claim data following customer reports of malfunctions in the automatic light mode of the front headlight. The analysis revealed instances of dashboard replacements due to this defect, prompting Ducati to investigate further with the support of the supplier. The investigation identified an incorrect calibration of the photodiode in the motorcycle dashboard's software revision. To address the issue, a new dashboard software revision with different calibration parameters for the photodiode was implemented in motorcycles produced from May 24, 2023, onward.
The safety risk associated with this recall arises from the possibility of the dashboard activating the headlight's daylight position lamp (DRL) instead of the low beam during nighttime riding in automatic setting mode. This could result in insufficient lighting to illuminate the road, potentially increasing the risk of accidents or injuries.
The affected motorcycles include the Ducati Panigale V2 models manufactured between 2020 and 2023, with VIN range ZDMHAATW0LB000230 to ZDMHAATWXPB012777 (non-sequential).
Ducati has planned the following schedule for this recall:
- Dealer notification: May 30 to June 6, 2023
- Customer notification: June 20 to June 27, 2023
Ducati dealers will provide a free update to the dashboard software revision for affected customers to resolve the issue.
Owners with any questions can contact Ducati at 1-650-933-9800, referencing Ducati's recall number SRV-RCL-23-003. They can also reach out to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), mentioning NHTSA Recall Number 23V-377, or visit www.nhtsa.gov for further information.
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