A major service recall doesn’t have to be devastating to a company, in fact they can use the recall to make millions. Case in Point….Harley Davidson. Harley just recalled 200,000 motorcycles for bad brakes, 175,000 of them are in the U.S. The problem for the consumer is the recall does not cover everything and that’s where Harley is cashing in. In fact that recall is going to cost most of those customers in the neighborhood of $700 to repair a part not included in the recall but caused by the underlying failure. In this way Harley gets to look like a good guy recalling and “repairing” faulty brakes while sticking it to their customers on these other charges that are not covered by the recall. It’s a brilliant piece of American Ingenuity at work. They will make enough off the additional charges to pay for the recall work and still make a sizeable profit. Quick Math: 175,000 recalls x $700 = 87.5 Million dollars! Oh, and you gotta pay it , or you can’t drive your bike off the lot, it’s too unsafe without the repair. So all of a sudden, due to no fault of your own your Harley brakes stop working putting you and the public in danger and you get a recall notice where Harley says “our bad”, bring it in and we will repair it for free. Who wouldn’t bring it in, it’s a safety matter and it’s free? Why not? Right?! We trust Harley don’t we? Then you get a call saying the problem causing the recall also caused another part to go out but the recall does not cover that part so it will cost you an additional $700. If you opt not to get the repair because it sounds like you’re getting hosed, they inform you to remove the bike you have to put it on a trailer because it’s unsafe to drive without the expensive repair. Oh, and you have to sign a release like they won’t give you your property unless you trailer it and sign the release. More pressure to pay the $700! What a Rip-Off. Look for more companies to stage recalls like this one and not include crucial parts in the recall, then hold your property hostage until you pay up.