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Harley recalls nearly 175K bikes in U.S. because brakes can fail

By February 8, 2018Blog

An investigation by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration resulted in the recall of almost 175,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles from the model years 2008 through 2011.

The problem, according to the NHTSA recall notice: “Deposits may form on components within the brake system if the DOT 4 brake fluid is not replaced for a prolonged period of time beyond the 2-year maintenance schedule specified in the Owner’s Manual.”

When that happens, “these deposits may cause a valve within the ABS Hydraulic Control Unit to stick, reducing braking ability and increasing the risk of a crash.”



The NHTSA began investigating the problem in July 2016 after getting 43 complaints that included three reports of crashes.

The recall officially begins Monday. To remedy the problem, Harley-Davidson dealers will flush the entire brake system with new Platinum Label DOT 4 brake fluid. Owners with questions can call Harley-Davidson at 800-258-2464.

Car or motorcycle owners who wish to report problems can call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

The Harley models covered are:

▪ 2008-2011 Road King; Road King Police; Electra Glide Standard Police; Electra Glide Classic; Electra Glide Ultra Classic; and Street Glide.

▪ 2008 VROD; CVO Road King 4; Night Rod; CVO Ultra Classic 3; and Night Rod Special.

▪ 2008-2010 Road King Classic.

▪ 2008-2009 Road Glide and Electra Glide Standard.

▪ 2009-2010 V-Rod; 2009 CVO Ultra Classic and CVO Road Glide 3.

▪ 2009-2011 Night Rod Special and V-Rod Muscle; 2010 CVO Ultra Classic 5 and CVO Street Glide.

▪ 2010-2011 Electra Glide Ultra Limited and Road Glide Custom; 2011 Road Glide Ultra 103; Street Glide 103; Road King Classic 103; CVO Ultra Classic 6; CVO Road Glide Ultra; Road Glide Custom 103; and CVO Street Glide 2.




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