2011 Harley-Davidson CVO Electra Classic Ultra Glide

Harley-Davidson has announced that it is recalling 308,474 motorcycles and trikes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the rear brake switch may be exposed to excessive heat from the exhaust system. If this happens, the rear brake light may fail to illuminate. It's also possible that the rear brake system could leak fluid, causing a brake failure. NHTSA says either condition could lead to an accident. Harley-Davidson will replace the brake light switch free of charge, though it's unclear what will be done to prevent the same condition from reoccurring in the future.

The recall covers 25 different Harley-Davidson models manufactured between 2009 and 2012. Around 250,000 of the motorcycles were sold in the U.S. while the remaining 50,000 were sold elsewhere. Reuters reports that the recall is expected to cost Harley-Davidson between $10 million and $12 million. Hit the jump to see the full recall report, including a full list of affected vehicles.
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Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):
2009-2012 H-D / FLHP

2009-2011 H-D / FLHPE

2009-2012 H-D / FLHR

2009-2012 H-D / FLHRC

2009-2010 H-D / FLHT

2009-2012 H-D / FLHTC

2009-2012 H-D / FLHTCU

2009 H-D / FLHTCUSE4

2010 H-D / FLHTCUSE5

2011 H-D / FLHTCUSE6

2012 H-D / FLHTCUSE7

2009-2012 H-D / FLHTCUTG

2010-2012 H-D / FLHTK

2009-2012 H-D / FLHTP

2009-2012 H-D / FLHX

2010 H-D / FLHXSE

2011 H-D / FLHXSE2

2012 H-D / FLHXSE3

2011 H-D / FLHXXX

2009 H-D / FLTR

2009 H-D / FLTRSE3

2010-2012 H-D / FLTRU

2011 H-D / FLTRUSE

2010-2012 H-D / FLTRX

2012 H-D / FLTRXSE

Manufacturer: HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANY

Mfr's Report Date: OCT 19, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V506000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH

Potential Number of Units Affected: 250,757

Summary:
HARLEY-DAVIDSON IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009-2012 TOURING, CVO TOURING AND TRIKE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 6, 2008, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 16, 2011. SEE THE ABOVE LIST FOR THE MODELS INCLUDED IN THE RECALL. THE REAR BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH MAY BE EXPOSED TO EXCESSIVE HEAT FROM THE EXHAUST SYSTEM.

Consequence:
THE EXCESSIVE HEAT MAY CAUSE THE SWITCH TO NOT ACTIVATE THE BRAKE LAMP OR ACTIVATE THE BRAKE LAMP WHEN NO BRAKE IS APPLIED AND/OR CAUSE A BRAKE FLUID LEAK AT THE BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH, AFFECTING REAR BRAKE PERFORMANCE. EITHER CONDITION MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
HARLEY-DAVIDSON WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL A INSTALL A REAR BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH KIT, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT OCTOBER 31, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HARLEY-DAVIDSON AT 1-414-343-4056.

Notes:
HARLEY-DAVIDSON SAFETY RECALL NUMBER IS 0145. CUSTOMERS OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .