Harley-Davidson announced a recall of 250,000 motorcycles due to potential braking problems. After receiving 43 complaints, including 3 crashes and 2 injuries, the motorcycle giant is recalling the affected bikes. The problem occurs when bikers fail to comply with recommendations regarding brake fluid changes. Harley-Davidson recommends that brake fluid is replaced every two years. The fix, apparently, involves a flushing of the brake fluid, which the company will do, free of charge, to all affected motorcycles.
Some bikers have reported a “sudden and complete loss of brakes, without warning” due to the issue. Affected motorcycles include the 2008-2011 Touring, CVO Touring, and VRSC Models with anti-lock brakes. Approximately 70 percent of the bikes covered under the recall are in the United States.
Antl-lock brake systems have been shown to reduce the rate of fatal crashes by 31 percent over bikes without ABS systems (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). ABS systems prevent the wheels locking up, which can cause skidding, and also improve braking distances in all weather conditions. But these systems require routine maintenance in order to work properly. Failure to maintain your ABS system may result in malfunctions.
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The problems cited in this recall stem from the build-up of deposits on components of the ABS braking system if the brake fluid is not replaced on a regular basis. Harley-Davidson suggests that such fluids be flushed and replaced every two years. Failure to do so can result in deposits which can cause the ABS unit to stick and can result in a loss of braking abilities and control.
Harley-Davidson will notify owners of affected motorcycles beginning on February 12, 2018 and will flush the brake system with DOT 4 brake fluid at no cost to the consumer. Owners with questions about this recall can reach Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464. When calling, reference recall number 0171.
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