Bike major, Harley Davidson has announced a massive recall for over 2.5 lakh bikes, globally, manufactured between 2008 and 2011. The recall has been issued over a potential brake failure and covers over 30 models manufactured between the given timeframe. As per company, if the DOT 4 brake fluid is not replaced over a long duration, it could result in deposits on the elements within the braking system. Besides, if the brake fluid is not changed within the recommended period of two years, it starts impacting the braking abilities, eventually putting the rider at the risk of crash.
It could also lead to a complete & sudden failure of the braking system, without any warning. Complaints have been registered by the users at the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the braking system of the Harley Davidson. The agency initiated an investigation after receiving 43 complaints, which includes three incidents of crash and two injuries. Reports are rife that Harley Davidson was willing to conduct a field service campaign instead of a recall, though it did not get an approval.
The company has asked the dealers to contact the owners of the affected bikes, produced between 2008 to 2011. These affected bikes will be investigated by the technicians, who will then empty the brake fluid and replace with a new one, free of cost. It is expected that customers of the affected bikes from India will also be contacted soon. As for the new models, the bikemaker is set to launch three new Softail models at the end of this month.