Harley-Davidson issued a recall involving 250,000 motorcycles around the globe to fix an issue that might cause the brakes to fail.
U.S. safety regulators were the ones to pressure H-D to take action on over 30 different models from 2008-2011. As documents show, Harley’s idea was to do a field service campaign instead of issuing a recall, but the government refused.
The Milwaukee company says it cooperated with NHTSA and did a thorough evaluation of the issue. “Complex, ongoing discussions regarding what was ultimately identified as a maintenance issue continued with the agency through January 2018,” they said in a printed statement.
The recall notice says that “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.”
The deposits can cause a valve in the antilock brake control unit to stick. The recall service consists of a full flush of the brake fluid with no part replacement in this case.
Even though Harley already has a reputation for not being one of the top quality manufacturers, the issue in question is not their fault. Concerns have risen that bike owners don’t replace their brake fluids every two years, as stated in the maintenance documents. Brake fluid degrades over time on every vehicle and should be replaced regularly.
The recall covers nearly 175,000 motorcycles in the U.S.
You can go to your dealer for flush and brake fluid replacement starting Feb. 12.
Source: Fox News