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Harley-Davidson recalls 175,000 bikes on brake safety fears

/ 05:05 PM February 08, 2018

The company will notify owners that dealers will offer a free brake fluid flush beginning February 12. Image: Harley-Davidson / Harley-Davidson Touring 2018

Iconic US motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson is recalling nearly 175,000 bikes in the United States due to fears the brakes could fail, a government regulator announced Wednesday.

If brake fluid on the motorcycles is not replaced for a “prolonged period” beyond the recommended two-year schedule, deposits may form on internal components “reducing braking ability and increasing the risk of a crash,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement.

NHTSA began investigating the problem in July 2016 after receiving complaints about sudden brake loss, and said the recall covers 31 models from the 2008 to 2011 model years.

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The agency told the company last month that a safety recall was necessary, and rejected Harley’s proposal to instead launch a campaign to educate riders about the safety matter and the importance of regularly changing brake fluids.

The company will notify owners that dealers will offer a free brake fluid flush beginning February 12. AB

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