The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall notice for certain 2014 model-year Harley-Davidson
Trikes due to an “incorrectly machined” fork bracket stem that may contribute to “an excessive steering angle allowing the inner fairing to contact the rear brake fluid reservoir resulting in a loss of brake fluid.” The issue may damage the steering damper as well. There are potentially 436 units affected by the recall.
According to a letter submitted on October 1, 2013 to the NHTSA, Harley-Davidson was first alerted to a potential issue on August 27, 2013 when the Harley-Davidson Recall Investigation Committee received a call from its York, Pennsylvania assembly plant. H-D searched through warranty data and found no claims or customer complaints, but on August 28, 2013 the Motor Company halted shipments of new vehicles coming from the York plant.
Investigation into the issue continued with no claims found and only “one call from a dealer who had noted the potential for interference.” By September 24, 2013 the H-D Recall Investigation Committee determined that “a safety related defect existed in the subject population and declared a recall to remedy the issue.”
Harley-Davidson will replace the fork bracket stem free of charge. Harley-Davidson’s recall ID number is 0152 and owners may contact the company at 1-800-258-2464 for more information. Owners may also contact the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safecar.gov
. The NHTSA campaign number is 13V491000.