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Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, a Harley-Davidson recall has been enacted that affects almost 175,000 motorcycles because the brakes might fail.
The recall covers more than 30 models for the 2008 through 2011 model years. Officials for the Milwaukee-based company said deposits can form on brake parts if the fluid isn’t changed every two years, as specified in the owner’s manual. Th buildup can cause a valve in the antilock brake control unit to stick.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating problems in July 2016 after receiving 43 complaints. Those complaints included reports of three crashes and two injuries.
Documents show Harley-Davidson officials had wanted to do a field-service campaign instead of a recall, but the government refused.
Dealers will flush and replace brake fluid beginning Monday.
To see if your Harley-Davidson motorcycle is affected by this recall, please click this link: https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/owners/maintain-your-bike/service-recalls.html
Harley-Davidson recall is 2nd in 9 months
Last June, a Harley-Davidson recall affected almost 57,000 motorcycles sold around the world. In that recall, an oil line could potentially come loose, spewing oil into the path of the rear tire.
That recall covered these models built between July 2, 2016, and May 9, 2017:
- Electra Glide Ultra Classic
- Police Electra Glide
- Police Road King
- Road King
- Road King Special
- Street Glide
- Street Glide Special
- Road Glide
- Road Glide Special.
At the time of the recall, Harley-Davidson said a clamp on an engine oil cooler line might not have been installed correctly. The company reported nine instances of oil lines coming off, with two crashes and one minor injury.