Harley recall 308,000 motorcycles worldwide

Overheating switch can cause rear brake to fail

HARLEY-DAVIDSON is recalling 308,000 motorcycles to fix a problem that could affect the rear brake light and the rear brake itself.

Documents filed last week by Harley-Davidson with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that brake light switches can be exposed to too much heat from the exhaust system. The heat can cause the brake lights to fail, and the problem also can cause fluid leaks and the loss of the use of the rear brake, the documents said.

The problem affects Touring, CVO Touring and Trike motorcycles from the 2009 through 2012 model years. They were built between June 6, 2008 and Sept. 16, 2011.

Harley says it will notify owners of the recall. Dealers will install a rear brake light switch kit free of charge.

The recall mainly affects the USA, with an estimated 250,000 motorcycles in the U.S. alone, with the balance in other countries.

The company expects the recall will cost it around £6m.

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