Harley Motorcyle Recall: 308,000 Vehicles Called Back Over Brake Issue

By Admin on October 26, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A new Harley motorcycle recall affects some 308,000 of the maker's vehicles. The Harleys are being recalled over a brake issue.

The company says its bikes' brake light switches can become overexposed to heat from the exhaust system.

This heat can cause brake light failure. The heat can also cause fluid leakage and a loss of rear brakes.

The brake issue can be relatively serious, despite the fact that motorcycles are generally equipped with both rear and front brakes. Rear brakes on motorcycles are usually operated by a foot pedal. A hand lever typically controls the front brake. While the front brake does slow the bike, losing the rear brake can result in crashes, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Harley-Davidson says it became aware of the problem in June 2010 when a Trike Harley model lost its brakes. It also investigated a separate crash in Louisiana, though they are unsure as to its cause. An injury was reported, but the company says they don't know how seriously the person was hurt.

Harley says they are unaware of any other crashes or injuries that may have resulted from the brake issue. The company also says that there are no more documents or reports of the problems since July 2010.

The recall extends to some of the company's touring motorcycles, trikes and models from its Custom Vehicle Operations. Recalled model years are between 2009 and 2012.

The company says dealerships will offer rear brake light switch replacements for free for affected owners. The recall will start on October 31st. Customers should check to see if their Harley motorcycle is recalled. For questions about the Harley recall, contact the company at 414-343-4056.

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