Humboldt Harley Riders - Recall Information

Janssen Malloy has been working for years to increase awareness of motorcycle safety in our community and recently partnered with Redwood Harley Davidson to sponsor an event to raise money for services for our local veterans.

This past week it came to our attention that Harley Davidson issued a recall for 250,757 touring motorcycles from years 2008-2011 due to a issues with the brakes. Harley officials said the rear brake-light switch could be damaged by heat from the bikes' exhaust systems. There has been one reported accident attributed to the brake defects.

Following is information from a Wall Street Journal bog by Jonathan Welsh on October 23, 2011 regarding the recall with model numbers of the bikes subject to the recall:

Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. is recalling certain touring motorcycles, trikes and models from its Custom Vehicle Operations or CVO from the 2009 through 2012 model years. The reason for the recall is that the rear brake-light switch could be damaged by heat from the bikes’ exhaust systems.

According to a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall includes a total of 250,757 models built from June 6, 2008 through Sept. 16, 2011. The company says it knows of one alleged crash attributed to the defect.

The company says the excessive heat may cause the switch to fail to activate the brake light during braking, or to activate it when the brake has not been applied. The problem could also result in a brake fluid leak at the switch that could keep the rear brake from working properly. Any of these problems could cause a crash.

A motorcycle’s rear brake is usually operated by a foot pedal while a hand lever controls the front brake, and riders are supposed to apply them together. Though the front brake does most of the work to slow the bike, losing the rear brake’s effect is a serious problem.

Harley-Davidson said its dealers will replace the rear brake light switch free of charge. The recall is expected to begin about October 31.  Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 414-343-4056.

Here is a list of affected the Harley-Davidson models and model years:

H-D / FLHP 2009-2012

H-D / FLHPE 2009-2011

H-D / FLHR 2009-2012

H-D / FLHRC 2009-2012

H-D / FLHT 2009-2010

H-D / FLHTC 2009-2012

H-D / FLHTCU 2009-2012

H-D / FLHTCUSE4 2009

H-D / FLHTCUSE5 2010

H-D / FLHTCUSE6 2011

H-D / FLHTCUSE7 2012

H-D / FLHTCUTG 2009-2012

H-D / FLHTK 2010-2012

H-D / FLHTP 2009-2012

H-D / FLHX 2009-2012

H-D / FLHXSE 2010

H-D / FLHXSE2 2011

H-D / FLHXSE3 2012

H-D / FLHXXX 2011

H-D / FLTR 2009

H-D / FLTRSE3 2009

H-D / FLTRU 2010-2012

H-D / FLTRUSE 2011

H-D / FLTRX 2010-2012

H-D / FLTRXSE 2012