Harley-Davidson will recall approximately 308,000 model year 2009-2012 Touring, CVO Touring and Trike motorcycles manufactured from June 6, 2008, through September 16, 2011. Each of these vehicles’ rear brake light switch may be exposed to excessive heat from the vehicles’ exhaust systems. An estimated 308,000 motorcycles are presently being recalled for the repair. Originally, a recall announcement was issued October 19th for 250,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
The problem is excessive heat may cause the rear brake light switch not to activate the brake lamp, or to activate the brake lamp when no brake is applied, and/or cause a brake fluid leak at the brake light switch which would affect rear brake performance. It is believed that any of these conditions might cause a crash. This is a potential safety defect.
This safety recall number 0145, NHTSA Campaign number 11V506000, is expected to begin on or about October 31, 2011. Harley is notifying owners of the recall and dealers will install a rear brake light switch kit free of charge. Make/models and model years affected are:
For more information about this recall, Harley owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-414-343-4056, or contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236. Owners can also visit http://www.safercar.gov or www.nhtsa.gov
 The Daily News Record, “Harley Recalls Bikes”, Associated Press, October 25, 2011, p. B5.