NHTSA said in a recall notice that the problem has been found to be deposits which may form on the brake components if the DOT 4 brake fluid is not replaced within the two-year period recommended in the owner’s manual.
When the deposits form they “may cause a valve within the ABS Hydraulic Control Unit to stick, reducing braking ability and increasing the risk of a crash,” the agency warned.
NHTSA began investigating the issue nearly 2 years ago after receiving dozens of complaints, including 3 crashes.
Harley Davidson motorcycles affected by the recall include:
▪ 2008-2011 Road King; Road King Police; Electra Glide Standard Police; Electra Glide Classic; Electra Glide Ultra Classic; and Street Glide.
▪ 2008 VROD; CVO Road King 4; Night Rod; CVO Ultra Classic 3; and Night Rod Special.
▪ 2008-2010 Road King Classic.
▪ 2008-2009 Road Glide and Electra Glide Standard.
▪ 2009-2010 V-Rod; 2009 CVO Ultra Classic and CVO Road Glide 3.
▪ 2009-2011 Night Rod Special and V-Rod Muscle; 2010 CVO Ultra Classic 5 and CVO Street Glide.
▪ 2010-2011 Electra Glide Ultra Limited and Road Glide Custom; 2011 Road Glide Ultra 103; Street Glide 103; Road King Classic 103; CVO Ultra Classic 6; CVO Road Glide Ultra; Road Glide Custom 103; and CVO Street Glide 2.
To fix the problem, dealerships will flush the entire brake system with new Platinum Label DOT 4 brake fluid.
The recall officially begins on Monday, Feb. 12, according to the recall notice.
Source: Miami Herald