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250,757 Harley Davidson bikes recalled for faulty rear brakes and brake light

Consumer Reports News: October 24, 2011 12:08 PM

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Harley-Davidson is recalling certain Touring, CVO Touring, and Trike motorcycles from model years 2009 through 2012 because of a faulty rear brake light, and a potential brake fluid leak that could affect rear brake performance.

The rear brake light switch may be exposed to excessive heat from the exhaust system, which can cause the switch to either not activate the brake lamp, or activate the brake lamp when the rear brake is not being applied. The exposure to excessive heat can also cause a brake fluid leak at the brake light switch, affecting the performance of the rear brake and increasing the risk of a crash.

The list of 250,757 recalled Harley-Davidson bikes includes the following models:

    FLHP 2009-2012
    FLHPE 2009-2011
    FLHR 2009-2012
    FLHRC 2009-2012
    FLHT 2009-2010
    FLHTC 2009-2012
    FLHTCU 2009-2012
    FLHTCUSE4 2009
    FLHTCUSE5 2010
    FLHTCUSE6 2011
    FLHTCUSE7 2012
    FLHTCUTG 2009-2012
    FLHTK 2010-2012
    FLHTP 2009-2012
    FLHX 2009-2012
    FLHXSE 2010
    FLHXSE2 2011
    FLHXSE3 2012
    FLHXXX 2011
    FLTR 2009
    FLTRSE3 2009
    FLTRU 2010-2012
    FLTRUSE 2011
    FLTRX 2010-2012
    FLTRXSE 2012

The Harley-Davidson safety recall number is 0145. The recalled bikes were manufactured between June 6, 2008 and Sept. 16, 2011.

Harley-Davidson will begin its safety recall on or around Oct. 31, and dealers will install a kit for the rear brake light switch for free. For more information, owners can call Harley-Davidson at 414-343-4056, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit

Maggie Shader

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