The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation that covers about 430,000 Harley-Davidson Inc. motorcycles with anti-lock braking systems after receiving dozens of consumer complaints about the brakes allegedly failing suddenly and without warning, leading to at least two injuries. The investigation, opened on July 6, stems from 43 complaints about model year 2008 to 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycles with braking systems that allegedly fail without warning, causing riders to apply the front brake hand lever or rear brake foot pedal to no avail, according to the agency.
The issues involve the motorcycles’ brake fluid, which Harley-Davidson recommends that owners change every two years. According to NHTSA, consumers either don’t know about or ignore the recommendation. The agency said that the brake fluid absorbs moisture from the air and eventually corrodes valves in the anti-lock braking system, causing those components to stop cycling and the calipers not to activate when a driver applies the brake.
Although the problem may arise from owners’ failure to follow the suggested fluid-replacement schedule, NHTSA said that the sudden and total loss of brakes without warning is still a concern. The investigation comes roughly two years after the company announced a recall of 66,421 of the 2014 anti-lock braking system-equipped Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles that might have been assembled with a brake line defect that can cause the front wheel to lock up. The recall involved models made between July 2013 and May 2014 that potentially had front brake lines positioned such that they could get pinched between the fuel tank and the frame, which can cause front brake fluid pressure to increase, NHTSA said at the time.
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