Harley-Davidson has recently announced a recall for over 2.5 lakh units of its motorcycles. The recall by the American motorcycle maker has been announced due to a potential brake failure. Over 30 models have been covered under the recall. According to Harley Davidson, if the DOT 4 brake fluid is not replaced for a prolonged period of time, deposits may create on the elements within the braking system. Beyond the recommended two year schedule, when the brake fluid is not changed, the braking abilities start getting reduced, putting the rider at more risk of a crash. This may lead to complete loss of the braking system. that too suddenly and without any warning. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had been receiving complaints about the braking system of the Harley Davidson. After receiving as many as 43 complaints, the agency investigated the problem. The complaints include three incidents of crash and two injuries. Harley Davidson reportedly wanted to conduct a field service campaign instead of announcing a recall, but it got no approval.
All the motorcycles that are covered under the recall have been manufactured between the year 2008 and 2011. Harley Davidson has already asked the dealers to contact the owners of the affected bikes. After the affected units are bought to the dealerships, the technicians will empty the old brake fluid and replace it with a new one free of cost. Since the company has also sold its said models in India, the company will most likely contact the owners of the affected models soon.
In order to avoid such situations, we advise our readers to replace the brake fluid time to time in order to ensure a good braking performance out of your bike. In other news, Harley Davidson India will launch three new Softail models on the coming 28th February. Stay tuned with us as we will bring you updates straight from the launch event. More details on the new Harley-Davidson Softail models to be revealed in the coming days.