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Harley-Davidson Recalls 250,000 Bikes with Brakes that Could Fail

Next week Harley-Davidson Inc. will begin recalling some 250,000 motorcycles worldwide, including 174,600 in the U.S., because their antilock brakes suddenly fail without warning.
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Next week Harley-Davidson Inc. will begin recalling some 250,000 motorcycles worldwide, including 174,600 in the U.S., because their antilock brakes suddenly fail without warning.

The callback covers more than two dozen of the iconic brand’s bikes made between 2008 and 2011.

The problem is that deposits may form on an actuator valve within the system’s hydraulic control unit, causing it to stick. The company says the valve may bind if owners fail to replace their bike’s brake fluid for several years beyond the two-year maintenance schedule specified in the owner’s manual.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the issue 18 months ago and told the company last month that a recall was needed. Harley-Davidson’s dealers will perform a free brake fluid flush and underscore to owners the importance of properly servicing their bikes.

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