The Harley-Davidson motorcycle recall (pdf) will affect touring, CVO touring and trike vehicles from model years 2009-2012.
Excessive heat can cause brake fluid leaks that may decrease the effectiveness of the rear brake or cause problems with the rear brake light. Either problem has the potential to cause serious injury for riders as a result of losing control of the motorcycle or being rear-ended by another vehicle.
Harley-Davidson investigators first became aware of a potential problem in June 2010, when a Trike lost brake functionality, according to documents the company filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A month later, the company learned of a possible motorcycle accident related to the problem from a Louisiana dealership.
The company’s investigation led it to determine that the rear brake switch is too close to the exhaust system, causing the switch to overheat. The exhaust system was new to the 2009 FL touring family motorcycles.
The motorcycle recall affects 250,757 Harley-Davidson Touring, CVO Touring and Trike models from model years 2009-2012. The vehicles were built between June 6, 2008 and September 16, 2011. The makes, models and model years are listed below:
Harley-Davidson will begin notifying affected registered owners and dealers on or about October 31. Dealers will install a rear brake light switch kit for affected owners free of charge. Owners with questions can call the company at (414) 343-4056.