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Harley Recalls 250,000 Motorcycles for Defective Brake Lamps

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On October 19, Harley-Davidson issued a recall of over 250,000 bikes due to issues with the rear brake light. The recall included certain bikes from model years 2009-2012 including Touring, CVO Touring and Trike vehicles that were manufactured between June 2008 and September 2011.

According to the recall information provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall was issued after Harley-Davidson became aware that the rear brake light switch may be exposed to excessive heat from the exhaust system. As a result, the rear brake light may function erratically. The switch may not work to activate the brake lamp when a cyclist applies the brake or the brake light may activate even when no brake is applied. In addition, the excess heat could cause brake fluid to leak, which would affect not only the performance of the brake light, but the brake itself. Of course, any of these outcomes are of great concern as they could increase the risk of a crash.

The recall is scheduled to officially begin around October 31, but if you’re the owner of an affected bike, now is the time to take the necessary precautions for something as serious as faulty brakes.

Harley–Davidson has indicated that it will notify owners of the affected cycles and that dealers will install a rear brake light switch kit, free of charge. Owners of Harley-Davidson motorcycles can also access recall information through the Harley-Davidson website or by calling the company at (414) 343 4056.

Below is a list of the affected model numbers and 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