Hazards Caused By Improperly Maintained Motorcycles And Defective Parts

As discussed on the “Ways To Avoid Motorcycle Accidents And Injuries” page, one way to minimize the possibility of having a motorcycle accident is to make sure that proper maintenance is performed on the motorcycle.

However, there is also the possibility of a defective part of component causing or contributing to a crash.  There are many components on a motorcycle that, if they are defective or otherwise fail during use can cause a crash or at least a loss of motorcycle control.

Harley-Davidson has recently announced a recall of various models due to a possible problem that may arise due to a brake component.

The recall is discussed in a number of media sources, including the Miami Herald article of February 7, 2018 titled “Brake problem causes recall of Harley-Davidson motorcycles” as well as the February 8 wpxi.com article (with video) titled “Harley-Davidson recalls 175K motorcycles for failing brakes.”

An excerpt from the Miami Herald article:

An investigation by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration resulted in the recall of almost 175,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles from the model years 2008 through 2011.

The problem, according to the NHTSA recall notice: “Deposits may form on components within the brake system if the DOT 4 brake fluid is not replaced for a prolonged period of time beyond the 2-year maintenance schedule specified in the Owner’s Manual.”

When that happens, “these deposits may cause a valve within the ABS Hydraulic Control Unit to stick, reducing braking ability and increasing the risk of a crash.”

Additional information, from the wpxi.com article:

Over 40 complaints — including three crashes and two injuries — gave cause to the NHTSA to pressure Harley-Davidson to declare a national recall. The agency had been investigating complaints about the problem since summer 2016.

Harley-Davidson dealers will flush the brakes of every motorcycle covered by the recall and replace the fluid with Platinum Label DOT 4 brake fluid, according to the recall, at no cost to the owner. Recalls are scheduled to begin Feb. 12; owners are urged to contact Harley-Davidson customer service with questions.

Additional details on this recall, as well as the broader issue of riding a safe motorcycle, can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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