I-24-03 – Brake Lights May Illuminate Unexpectedly – 2020-2022 Indian Motorcycles

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February 2, 2024 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 24V069000

Brake Lights May Illuminate Unexpectedly/FMVSS 108

Unintended illumination of the brake lights may create confusion for the drivers following the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 24V069

Manufacturer Indian Motorcycle Company


Potential Number of Units Affected 11,648



Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain 2020-2022 Challenger, Challenger Dark Horse, Challenger Limited, 2022 Challenger Dark Horse Icon, Challenger Elite, FTR 1200, FTR 1200 Rally, FTR 1200 S, FTR 1200 R Carbon, Pursuit Dark Horse, Challenger JD Limited Edition, Pursuit Limited Icon, Pursuit Dark Horse Premium, Pursuit Limited, Pursuit Limited Premium, 2019-2020 FTR 1200 S, FTR 1200, and 2020 FTR 1200 Rally motorcycles. The brake lights may illuminate unexpectedly and without brake application from the rider. As such, these motorcycles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”



Dealers will update the ABS module software, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed February 14, 2024. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian’s number for this recall is I-24-03.



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.nhtsa.gov.


Chronology :

On Sep 28, 2021, during routine review, Polaris found a social media post about brake light issues. An investigation was commenced (Oct ’21 to late-Mar ’22) resulting in Polaris’ determination that the brake light issue was caused by a software error in a supplier component, the Bosch ABS 9.1M Plus module. On April 9, 2022, the Polaris’ Executive Review Committee dispositioned the issue as inconsequential to safety, based on Polaris’ analysis including the brevity of the brake light illumination and that the issue only occurred under specific conditions, and there were no known crashes or injuries associated with the issue.

On April 13, 2022, Indian Motorcycle (Polaris) reported the noncompliance to NHTSA (later amending its report on Sep 9, 2022).

On May 13, 2022, Polaris petitioned NHTSA for a decision that the subject noncompliance was inconsequential to motor vehicle safety, detailing the particular circumstances in which the brake lighting issue occurred and citing to granted petitions for similar lighting issues.

On Jan 26, 2024, Polaris received notice from NHTSA that the petition was not approved. On Feb 2, 2024, Polaris filed the Noncompliance Notice 573 Report upon receiving the notification of NHTSA’s determination regarding the petition.

The initial reported affected population was 12,619 vehicles (reported on the April 13, 2022, Form 573). This number is now reduced by 971 vehicles where Polaris has confirmed these vehicles have already received the software update (e.g., via routine service visits or updated while in manufacturer control) or have never been transported beyond the direct control of Polaris.

Polaris, adhering to NHTSA’s decision, initiates this recall for 11,648 vehicles.

There are no known reported crashes or injuries associated with this condition.


23 Affected Products


INDIAN FTR 1200 RALLY 2020, 2022
INDIAN FTR 1200 S 2019-2020, 2022
INDIAN FTR1200 2019-2020, 2022


2 Associated Documents

Noncompliance Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-24V069-6251.PDF 224.337KB


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-24V069-2005.pdf 647.321KB


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