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MMA Safety Alert: Harley-Davidson recalls 2012 Cruisers for Brake Bolt Corrosion

Doc D'Errico  | Published on Thursday, January 08, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MMA Safety Alert: Harley-Davidson recalls 2012 Cruisers for Brake Bolt Corrosion

The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association would like to alert all riders who own 2012 Harley Davidson models beginning with FL and FX prefixes that the motor company has issued a recall to correct an issue causing corrosion of the brake line banjo bolt in the front brake master cylinder. According to the statement issued, “a sudden loss of brake fluid could result, causing a loss of the front brakes, and increasing the risk of a crash.”

The recall is expected to being on January 14, with more than 70% of the stopping power of a motorcycle coming from the front brakes, the Massachusetts Motorcycle Association takes this warning very seriously and encourages all owners to contact their Harley Davidson service provider as soon as possible.

For more information, see the recall notice below, http://www.MassMotorcycle.org, or contact SafetyDirector@MassMotorcycle.org

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V794000 
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 19,015 

Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Motor Company 

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.