The Morgan Three-Wheeler certainly isn't the fastest performance vehicle money can buy, but it might be one of the coolest. With its V-twin engine hanging out front and styling like nothing else on the road, it draws stares from anyone who sees it and likely a lot of grins from the driver too. As fun as it may be, the quirky roadster is being hit with another brake-related recall, and this one is nearly as absurd as the last.

The new campaign covers 235 units of the Three-Wheeler in the US from the 2012 through 2014 model years. Although we always suggest having your recalls taken care of, attentive drivers probably don't need to worry too much. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles, which are considered motorcycles by the agency, don't have the correct warning lamp telling drivers if the brake fluid is low. This light is one of the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No.122a covering motorcycle brake systems.

To make this recall even more bizarre, the Three-Wheeler technically already comes with a brake warning light installed. "The lamp that we have been using shows a (P) type symbol that illuminates red when the park brake is applied or there is a failure in the brake system leading to low brake fluid," said the company's noncompliance notice to NHTSA. However, that's not what the code specifies. Morgan says that it's sourcing a correct lamp to install in the vehicles.

The company's previous brake-related recall was because 139 of the Three-Wheelers were missing a mandated sticker on the brake fluid reservoir, last year. Scroll down to read about the latest campaign or read the full noncompliance notice as a PDF, here.
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RECALL Subject : Missing Brake Failure Warning Lamp/FMVSS 122a
Report Receipt Date: JUL 01, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V384000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 235
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
MORGAN 3W 2012-2014

Manufacturer: Morgan 3 Wheeler Limited

Morgan 3 Wheeler Limited (Morgan) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 3W motorcycles. The affected motorcycles were manufactured without a lamp to that illuminates only when the brake fluid level is low. As such, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 122a, "Motorcycle Brake Systems."

Without a warning to the operator that the motorcycle has low brake fluid and that the brakes may fail as a result, there is an increased risk of a crash.

Morgan will notify owners, and dealers will install warning lamp that warns of low brake fluid, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Morgan's US Agent at 1-505-570-1845.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

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      • 4 Months Ago

      one of my absolute dream 'cars'. One day, one day...

      Read Tull
      • 4 Months Ago

      Lame reason for a recall. The company should be focusing on increasing their in some places poor quality instead.

      • 4 Months Ago

      That's all well and good…I probably wouldn't bring the car in (if I owned one) for this minor change.

      But eventually the law will change such that the car wouldn't be able to pass safety inspection (much less an MOT in EU) with any outstanding non-applied recalls….

      • 4 Months Ago

      This is similar to many recalls lately. Cars have become so excellent and advanced that the NHTSA has to grasp at straws to justify their very existence.

      Len Simpson
      • 4 Months Ago

      The epitome of   look at me !