Harley Davidson Recalling More Than 1/4 Million Bikes

Harley Davidson is recalling about 308,000 motorcycles, approximately 251,000 of them located in the US, due to a problem with the rear brakes.

According to Harley Davidson, the problem first came to light in June, 2010, when they received a report of a Trike model that lost use of its rear brakes. A crash that occurred the following month is under investigation, but the company says it has not yet determined if that crash was caused by the same issue.

The bikes being recalled are specific Touring, CVO Touring, and Trike motorcycles from the model years 2009 through 2012. A complete list of affected models is posted below.

Harley Davidson said in a statement that the rear brake light switch “may be exposed to excessive heat from the exhaust system.” This can cause the brake light to malfunction and either not light up when it should, or light up when it shouldn’t. The problem may also cause brake fluid to leak at the brake light switch, “affecting rear brake performance,” which may increase the chances of a crash.

Harley Davidson is notifying owners of models affected by the recall, and said that dealerships will install a new brake light switch kit on the recalled motorcycles at no charge. They expect the safety recall to begin on October 31, 2011, and the company said that owners can call them at 1-414-343-4056 if they have questions about the recall.

List of affected models and model years:

H-D / FLHP            2009-2012
H-D / FLHPE            2009-2011
H-D / FLHR            2009-2012
H-D / FLHRC            2009-2012
H-D / FLHT            2009-2010
H-D / FLHTC            2009-2012
H-D / FLHTCU     2009-2012
H-D / FLHTCUSE4     2009
H-D / FLHTCUSE5     2010
H-D / FLHTCUSE6     2011
H-D / FLHTCUSE7     2012
H-D / FLHTCUTG     2009-2012
H-D / FLHTK            2010-2012
H-D / FLHTP            2009-2012
H-D / FLHX            2009-2012
H-D / FLHXSE     2010
H-D / FLHXSE2     2011
H-D / FLHXSE3     2012
H-D / FLHXXX     2011
H-D / FLTR            2009
H-D / FLTRSE3     2009
H-D / FLTRU            2010-2012
H-D / FLTRUSE     2011
H-D / FLTRX            2010-2012
H-D / FLTRXSE     2012

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