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It's been a little while since we've seen the Harley-Davidson Motor Company issue a recall for its all-American motorcycles, but the iconic brand has just announced an issue it discovered with corrosion of the brake line banjo bolt in the front brake master cylinder. "If the thread corrodes," reads the statement issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "a sudden loss of brake fluid could result, causing a loss of the front brakes, and increasing the risk of a crash."

The issue affects a limited number of 2012 full-size cruisers whose model names start with the letters FL and FX – so nothing from the Sportster or V-Rod lines – manufactured between August 22, 2011 and February 24, 2012. HDMC figures that comes out to 19,015 bikes in the United States, the owners of which should expect to receive notices after the new year begins to bring their bikes in to their local dealers to have the master cylinder for the front brakes flushed and inspected, and if necessary, replaced.
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RECALL Subject : Brake Master Cylinder Banjo Bolt Thread Corrosion
Report Receipt Date: DEC 16, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V794000
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 19,015

SUMMARY:
Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2012 FXST103, FLSTC, FLSTC103, FLSTF, FLSTF103, FXDL, FXDWG, FXDWG103, FXDC, FXDB, FLSTN, FLSTN103, FLSTC103Shrine, FLSTFB, FLSTFB103, FXS, FXS103, FLS, FLS103, FLD, FLD103, FXDF, and FXDF103 Dyna and Softail motorcycles manufactured August 22, 2011, through February 24, 2012. In the affected motorcycles, the threads for the brake line banjo bolt in the front brake master cylinder may corrode.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the threads corrode, a sudden loss of brake fluid could result, causing a loss of the front brakes, and increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will flush and inspect the front brake master cylinder and, if necessary, replace the master cylinder, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 14, 2015. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson's number for this recall is 0163 and 0164.

NOTES:
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 www.safercar.gov.


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