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Harley-Davidson Recalls 308,000 Motorcycles

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Harley-Davidson will recall approximately 308,000[1][1] model year 2009-2012 Touring, CVO Touring and Trike motorcycles manufactured from June 6, 2008, through September 16, 2011. Each of these vehicles’ rear brake light switch may be exposed to excessive heat from the vehicles’ exhaust systems. An estimated 308,000 motorcycles are presently being recalled for the repair. Originally, a recall announcement was issued October 19th for 250,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

The problem is excessive heat may cause the rear brake light switch not to activate the brake lamp, or to activate the brake lamp when no brake is applied, and/or cause a brake fluid leak at the brake light switch which would affect rear brake performance. It is believed that any of these conditions might cause a crash. This is a potential safety defect.

This safety recall number 0145, NHTSA Campaign number 11V506000, is expected to begin on or about October 31, 2011. Harley is notifying owners of the recall and dealers will install a rear brake light switch kit free of charge. Make/models and model years affected are:

Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):

H-D / FLHP

2009-2012

H-D / FLHPE

2009-2011

H-D / FLHR

2009-2012

H-D / FLHRC

2009-2012

H-D / FLHT

2009-2010

H-D / FLHTC

2009-2012

H-D / FLHTCU

2009-2012

H-D / FLHTCUSE4

2009

H-D / FLHTCUSE5

2010

H-D / FLHTCUSE6

2011

H-D / FLHTCUSE7

2012

H-D / FLHTCUTG

2009-2012

H-D / FLHTK

2010-2012

H-D / FLHTP

2009-2012

H-D / FLHX

2009-2012

H-D / FLHXSE

2010

H-D / FLHXSE2

2011

H-D / FLHXSE3

2012

H-D / FLHXXX

2011

H-D / FLTR

2009

H-D / FLTRSE3

2009

H-D / FLTRU

2010-2012

H-D / FLTRUSE

2011

H-D / FLTRX

2010-2012

H-D / FLTRXSE

2012

For more information about this recall, Harley owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-414-343-4056, or contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236. Owners can also visit http://www.safercar.gov or www.nhtsa.gov



[1][1] The Daily News Record, “Harley Recalls Bikes”, Associated Press, October 25, 2011, p. B5.

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  1. don says:
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    i already had to replace my rear stop light switch on my 2009 flhtc. are these replacement switches the same as the old ones or are they going to be updated to deal with the heat?

  2. Greg Webb says:
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    Don,

    You should see if Harley Davidson will reimburse you for the cost of the brake light switch, given the recall. I do not know if the switches are the same as OEM, but I would bet that they are not – they should be improved, non-defective, switches.

    Greg Webb

  3. Al Juarez says:
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    Since Harley Davidson has identified it as safety hazard to operate the bikes affected by the break switch failures, will HD be reimbursing current owners to transport the bikes to the dealership? I purchased the extened warranty, is the transportation cost covered in the warranty?

  4. Al Juarez says:
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    Since Harley Davidson has identified it as safety hazard to operate the bikes affected by the break switch failures, will HD be reimbursing current owners to transport the bikes to the dealership? I purchased the extened warranty, is the transportation cost covered in the warranty?

  5. Greg Webb says:
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    Mr. Juarez,

    You have asked an excellent question, and I do not have the answer. I would check your warranty documents; if that does not answer the question, call Harley Davidson directly. The phone number for HD is above. You can certainly make an argument that transportation costs should be paid, but I would be very surprised if HD would go that far.

    Greg Webb