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Harley Davidson Recalls More than 19,000 Motorcycles

Harley Davidson Recalls More than 19,000 Motorcycles

Every month, the NHTSA announces several vehicle recalls, most of them sedans, trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Many times these recalls are small and only affect a few hundred vehicles. Other recalls, like a Chrysler recall that occurred last month, are large and affect anywhere from hundreds of thousands to more than a million vehicles. While passenger vehicle recalls are common, motorcycle recalls aren’t as common.

Currently, Harley-Davidson is in the process of recalling approximately 19,597 motorcycles due to potential issues with the motorcycles’ clutches. A similar recall was announced in October, in which 25,185 Touring motorcycles were recalled due to the clutch potentially not disengaging as intended in some models, according to Consumer Affairs.

Consumer Affairs reports that the current recall affects certain model year FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE, and FLHRSE motorcycles. In October, the NHTSA reported that two possible conditions may prevent the clutch from disengaging: air entering the clutch system by means of the clutch master cylinder, or an improper clutch release plate. The risk of a crash and injuries could be increased if the clutch does not disengage. If the clutch of the affected models does not disengage, then the rider of the motorcycle could have difficulty slowing down or stopping the motorcycle.

The affected motorcycles were manufactured between May 3, 2013 and October 14, 2013. Owners of the affected motorcycles have already been notified by Harley-Davidson. Harley-Davidson dealers will “rebuild the clutch master cylinder and install the proper clutch release plate, as necessary, free of charge,” according to documents with the NHTSA.

Consumers who have more questions about the Harley-Davidson recall are instructed to contact the motorcycle manufacturer at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s recall number for this current recall action is 0153.

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2,798 New Model Motorcycles Over License Plate Frame Concerns

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2,798 New Model Motorcycles Over License Plate Frame Concerns

For many Harley-Davidson motorcycle owners, the experience of owning the popular two-wheel vehicles isn’t simply about transportation, as much as it’s about the lifestyle. But lifestyle or not, safety should be the number one priority for any motorcycle owner. In fact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motorcycle deaths doubled between 1999 and 2008 as motor vehicle accident-related deaths dropped.

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Harley Brake Switch Defect Leads to Recall of Over 308,000 Motorcycles

Harley Brake Switch Defect Leads to Recall of Over 308,000 Motorcycles

The Associated Press reports that “Harley-Davidson Inc. is recalling about 308,000 motorcycles to fix a switch problem that can cause failure of the brake lights and possibly even the rear brakes themselves.” Harley began investigating this brake failure after a June 2010 report of a Trike model motorcycle that lost the use of its rear brakes due to the brake switch issue, the AP reports.

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