Harley-Davidson has issued a major recall involving nearly 175,000 bikes over fears of brake failure. The recall involves over 30 different models produced between 2006 and 2011 equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS). According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), a failure by owners to flush brake fluid in accordance with the recommended two-year maintenance schedule may result in deposits forming on components within the braking system that could cause the brakes to malfunction or fail.
What is the Issue?
Owners of affected bikes can take the bikes to Harley-Davidson dealers to have the brake systems flushed and refilled with a newly formulated brake fluid that is less susceptible to gelling and deposit formation.
The NHSTA has been investigating this issue since July 2016, following 43 reported complaints that included three crashes and multiple injuries. Harley-Davidson had hoped to conduct a field service campaign instead of a formal recall, but NHTSA pushed for a national recall.
Important Statistics for Brake Failure
There are nearly 100,000 motorcyclists injured each year in traffic accidents. While motorcycles account for less than 1% of miles driven, they make up 15% of all motor vehicle fatalities. Given that motorcycles lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, it is not surprising that an estimated 80% of all motorcycle accidents result in serious injury or death.
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