A California woman is suing Harley-Davidson and a dealer over their Road Glide’s ABS icon.
According to the Sacramento Bee, Judy Wilson is in a Sacramento court suing the Milwaukee manufacturer and one of its dealers in Sacramento, California for millions, after a crash that left her with permanent brain damage and pain.
The accident occurred in 2008 when her estranged husband Jack locked their bike’s brakes up, bearing down on gridlocked traffic at 65 mph. After the wreck, he told emergency responders that his bike’s ABS had failed.
Trouble is, his bike didn’t have ABS – like many other vehicles, it simply had an icon on the tachometer for the feature – it just didn’t light up, as they didn’t have the feature. Now, the Wilsons say they were misled by the salesman who sold them their machine, and then by the tachometer icon, to think they had ABS.
Lawyers for both Harley-Davidson and the dealer contended in turn that Jack Wilson should have known after 15 months and 12,000 miles that they didn’t have ABS, and that there’s nothing unusual about having an ABS icon on a non-ABS bike. They also say they put the icon on all their Road Glide tachometers, to ensure that bikes with ABS have the icon. They also say they’ve never had any other complaint like this.