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Harley-Davidson Recalls 250,000 Bikes!

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On: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 9:28AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Harley-Davidson Recalls 250,000 Bikes!

They tell you when you get your motorcycle license that when you are at a stoplight to pump your brakes when traffic is coming up behind you. You're supposed to do this because it is difficult for drivers to actually see and register motorcycles on highways, mostly because they are so accustomed to seeing larger cars that their brains can actually simply ignore the smaller-sized bikes until it is too late. Well, pumping brake lights might be a little harder for your average new(er) Harley driver. Why, you ask? 

Well, it seems that in no less than 25 different models Harley produced over the last three model years the brake light switch had been placed just a little too close to the exhaust. That excessive heat can cause some problems, the least of which is causing the brake light not to work at all, and could even cause a brake fluid leak at the switch, which could actually start a fire. 

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov.

Manufacturer:Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Mfr's Report Date:Oct 19, 2011
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:11V506000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights:Switch
Potential Number of Units Affected:250,757


Harley-Davidson is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 touring, CVO touring and trike vehicles manufactured from June 6, 2008, through September 16, 2011. See the above list for the models included in the recall. The rear brake light switch may be exposed to excessive heat from the exhaust system.


The excessive heat may cause the switch to not activate the brake lamp or activate the brake lamp when no brake is applied and/or cause a brake fluid leak at the brake light switch, affecting rear brake performance. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash.


Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will a install a rear brake light switch kit, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about October 31, 2011. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-414-343-4056.


Harley-Davidson Safety Recall Number is 0145. Customers owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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