Harley-Davidson Recalls 250,000 Motorcycles

October 24, 2011
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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Harley-Davidson has issued a massive recall for its 2009-2012 model years. The recall remedies possible rear brake issues for its Touring, CVO Touring and Trike lineups. More than 250,000 units in the U.S. market are potentially affected by the recall, which is issued by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).


An NHTSA recall affects more than 250,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles from The Moto Company’s Touring, CVO Touring and Trike model lines.

Excessive heat from the exhaust system is to blame for the recall. The heat could cause the rear brake light switch to malfunction. The NHTSA recall states: “The excessive heat may cause the switch to not activate the brake lamp or activate the brake lamp when no brake is applied and/or cause a brake fluid leak at the brake light switch, affecting rear brake performance.”

Owners of the affected models will be contacted by Harley-Davidson. They will be entitled to free installation of a new brake light switch at dealers. The recall is expected to begin at the end of October. Riders can contact Harley-Davidson directly for more information at 1-414-343-4056.

Harley-Davidson Recall 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

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