Harley-Davidson has recalled more than a quarter million motorcycles recently due to faults in the rear braking system. The recall includes a total of 250,757 bikes built from 2008 through 2011, including certain touring models, trikes, and models from its Custom Vehicle Operations.
The recall is due to a problem with the rear brake-light switch, which could be damaged by heat from the bikes’ exhaust systems. Harley says they know of one alleged crash attributed to the defect.
According to the company, excessive heat may cause the switch to fail to activate the brake light during braking, or to activate it when the brake has not been applied. A brake fluid leak at the switch could result as well, keeping the rear brake from working properly.
Harley-Davidson says the rear brake-light switch will be replaced free-of-charge by dealers, with the recall starting around October 31. Owners can contact Harley-Davidson directly at 414-343-4056.
Motorcycle riders already face increased risks on the road compared to those in an automobile. Having a bike that does not brake properly is a scary prospect, and one we hope Harley corrects quickly.
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a manufacturer’s defect? Your injury could entitle you to financial compensation. Contact our Denver injury attorneys today to see what options are available to you.
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