In a press statement, Harley-Davidson, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), announced the recall of certain Touring, CVO Touring and Trike motorcycles from model years 2009 through 2012 due to faulty rear brake lights and the possibility of a brake fluid leak that could pose a risk to the rider.
This recall affects roughly 251,000 motorcycles from the model years between 2009 and 2012. It was initiated based off of the discovery that the rear brake light switch might be exposed to excessive heat from the exhaust system. This can result in either the switch not activating the brake lamp when the brakes are applied, or activating the lamp when the braking system is inactive. This exposure to excessive heat from the exhaust system may also result in a leak of brake fluid at the brake light switch, which can affect the performance of the rear brake and increase the risk of an accident. The recalled Harley-Davidsons were manufactured between 6 June 2008 and 16 September 2011.
The company is planning to initiate this safety recall at the end of October and will replace the defect parts at their dealerships for free. No injuries have been reported as a result of this recall.
As a Bellevue motorcycle accident lawyer, I’ve seen recalls of this nature in the past and understand the serious effects they can have consumers. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective part, speak with a personal injury lawyer in your city to learn more about the legal avenues open to you.