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post #1 of 76 (permalink) Old 08-30-2013, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Default Vision Fender - Major Design Flaw and Safety Concern

This may have hit the forum before but it needs to stay out there as an issue until Victory does something about it. It happened to me today and it is infuriating to think that my wife or daughter could have been riding with me and it became a bigger issue than it did, I was lucky - it happened as I came to a stop in my neighborhood, the back of the front fender broke off and got wedged in the front fender resulting in my steering locking to the right. It took everything I could do from dumping this beast.

Fix the damn problem Victory before it kills someone!!!!! I reported it on the NHTSA Site as well. If it happened to you - report it please!!!

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Email those pix to Ma Vic and your dealer if you haven't already. That's definitely a safety issue, it appears.

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I did see where one guy with a 08 went to face book and on Victory's page complained and the are now replacing his.

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Email those pix to Ma Vic and your dealer if you haven't already. That's definitely a safety issue, it appears.
Already did...it's all over various forums, facebook pages, and directly to Victory. They are replacing the OEM fender under warranty with another piece of crap plastic part. This is not the solution. The need to recall and offer a one-piece metal fender IMO.

Here is their response to me (and many others):

I was just contacted by Consumer Services at Victory informing me that they will not be recalling the front fender on the Visions. They said their engineers have reviewed the cases submitted and have concluded there is no problem with the fenders and the cracks are considered cosmetic and normal wear and tear. The person went on to say that Motorcycles are mechanical and like anything mechanical, you should be vigilent about pre-ride inspections to ensure the machine is suitable for riding. So, Vision Riders - be sure to check your fenders or reinforce them like others have suggested. Victory will not be offering an alternative part for this issue because they do not consider it a manufacturing defect or problem.

I am not an engineer, but to expect that people should be checking their front fenders for crack failure seems extreme to me.

I am not surprised by this decision in any way shape or form. I hope that by raising this issue, it may prevent injury or death due to the front fender cracking

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Normal wear & tear? For a fender? Seriously?
I wonder if "replace fender" is listed in the maintenance tables of the Vision owner's manual...



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This is life and death to the OP but to Polaris it's easy math.
The cost of a recall versus the cost to replace at will with a contingency for a wrongful death civil suit or two or whatever their legal team sets the bar at. Until the predetermined number of fatalities, no soup for you.

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"...be sure to check your fenders of reinforce them like others have suggested." If that was a quote from someone at Ma Vic, I would both save it and print it out for future reference if a suit is indeed in order. By saying that, Victory is admitting a designed in weakness of the Vision fenders. You and/or others might want to line up one of those attorneys that advertise on phone book covers and wee hour TV.

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I have been talking with Jon about working together on a one piece solution. He is moving forward and my Vision will be the prototype....here Is WD post on another site:


FROM WITCHDOCTOR:
I have been following along about the Vision front fender problem started by Spiderman. Over the past few weeks I have received quite a few emails and phone calls about coming up with something. Customers have told me what they want and we are listening. Last night Spiderman contacted us and said he will be bringing his bike in to figure something out. Development of a new fender is now paramount on our list of new products. Spidermans dedication to solving this safety issue so no one gets hurt is second to none.

We will do our best to have something ready to go late Sept.

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Wow, MA vic won't do anything about this. I don't have a vision, but they just blew this off. Yeah think this going to be my last vic. They don't really give a crap.

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So far I really don't think that Victory understands just what they are dealing with. Minor problems lend themselves to the simplistic approach that a thing is cosmetic and not a warranty issue. On the other hand a safety issue does not fall into that category. When my wife decides that my death due to a manufacturing defect is Polaris' responsibility and files suit to that effect, it will cost Victory more than fixing each and every Vision whether they file suit or not.
If the lawyers were actually earning their pay, they would tell Victory to quit trying to avoid responsibility and offer to fix any issues that may arise. That would not only put them in a better legal position but would reduce the number of frivolous claims that they need to deal with. I am not a lawyer but that is how I see it. Meanwhile, as a Vision owner, count me in on any class action suit even though I have yet to experience the failures. After all, who knows when the failures will happen?

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