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Harley Davidson recalls 44,000 motorcycles due to brake problems


Harley Davidson recalls 44,000 motorcycles

Harley Davidson recalls 44,000 Street 500 and Street 750 motorcycles due to brake problems.

Shipments of new motorcycles have also been suspended.

Harley Davidson recalled nearly a quarter of a million motorcycles worldwide in August 2018 “Big” models due to brake problems. In 2019, the company again announced a recall due to brake issues, this time recalling the Street models. Customers expecting new bikes will have to be patient.

Harley Davidson has confirmed that a total of 43,908 Street 500 and Street 750 are under recall, 12,800 of which were sold in the United States.

The company has found that on some motorcycles built between May 2015 and December 2018 (model years 2016 to 2019), brake pads may wedge due to caliper piston corrosion. Wedging brakes can lead to premature pads and / or disc wear. In a worst-case scenario, if the pilot squeezes the brake lever all the way, the brakes may become completely stuck. The company mentions that the problem is more likely to occur in areas with high humidity. Harley Davidson has confirmed that there are four accidents and two injuries associated with the problem and has stopped supplying Street models altogether for now.

The company says it has already reached out to its dealers and customers. Recent Street owners can call Harley Davidson Customer Service with a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if their motorcycles are eligible for the recall. Owners of motorcycles participating in the recall will be encouraged to visit their Harley Davidson dealer where they will receive a new set of front and rear calipers free of charge.

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