Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson Inc. is recalling about 308,000 motorcycles, 251,000 of which in the United States. The reason for the recall is a defective switch that can cause brake lights failure and even rear brakes failure. In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company explains that failure of the switches comes from their overexposure to the heat of the exhaust system. According to those documents, the exhaust heat can also cause fluid leaks and eventual loss of rear brakes.

The brake problem affects motorcycles built between June 6, 2008 and Sept. 16, 2011. The affected motorcycle  models are 2009-2012 Touring, CVO Touring and Trike. If you are one of the owners, Harley will notify you of the recall and arrange a dealer to install non-defective,  free brake light switch.

The problem with the brakes was noticed in June 2010 with reports of a Trike that lost its rear brakes and a motorcycle crash in Louisiana   But since July 2010, there haven’t been any reports of the problem. The recall will cost $10 million to $12 million—a big expense for the fourth quarter of 2011.


8 Responses to Harley-Davidson Recalls 308,000 Motorcycles: Brake Light Switch Problem

  1. R. Miller says:

    WOW! Glad i took mine back and went and bought a real bike, that will at least last for a long time.

  2. Larry says:

    I can’t beleive there are that many”Dealers” that are that inept to repair bikes.There should be a Listing for everybody to see who the “BAD DEALERS” are and “HARLEY INC.” should do something about the problems with service.Are they realy “Certified Repair Techs” or are they certified in reading a book and tests but can’t turn a wrench?Fix this problem HARLEY-DAVIDSON or it will come back to bite you in the ass!

  3. steve knight says:

    I belive that harley davidson Is getting like these big banks like bank of america. Also i would like to say that stonemountain harley had the most disrespectful staff i have ever seen,. Itook my bike in early one morning for repair, while sitting outside the staff started ariveing for work i greeted each one with a goodmoring u know not the first one said goodmoring back. SUCKS DONT”it

  4. Lee Zugay says:

    Ok so they give you a new switch how does this fix the loss of brakes because of the heat. they are way overpriced anyway. If you want to pay thats fine. My 1300 yamaha has eaten so many big harleys I guess it must be the looks or prestige. It isn’t the performance thats for sure.

  5. Wil says:

    Ha – never had a problem like this on my ’91 ElectraGlide Classic – 154K miles and still ridin’ with a smile

  6. cheryl says:

    They just called me…and I don’t even have this bike anymore

  7. eric says:

    hope this is a bad joke ! a lot of lives on the road riding*** im one of em ….new 2012 street glide …have it for 3 wks and its time for the 1000 mile maintenence i’ll be asking about this recall for sure !

  8. Don Jarratt says:

    I am on a 2004 HD XL 1200R. My rear brake light switch has stopped working. By using just the front brake lever, brake light comes on. So I know its the rear brake light switch that is bad.

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