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Harley-Davidson Recalls 66,000 Motorcycles

Jul 10, 2014 01:32 AM EDT
(Photo : Reuters / Max Rossi) Harley-Davidson has announced that it is recalling 66,421 Touring and CVO Touring vehicles due to a problem with their front brake lines.

Wisconsin-based manufacturer Harley-Davidson has issued a recall on 66,421 of its motorcycles, Autoblog reported.

The affected models are the 2014 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles manufactured from July 1, 2013 to May 7, 2014. According to the company, the issue with the affected models is their improperly installed front brake lines.

The positioning of the brake line causes it to get pinched between the frame of the motorcycle and the fuel tank. This increases the pressure inside the line and could cause the front wheel to lock up.

The problem could cause the motorcycle to suddenly stop or brake while moving, which could lead to potentially fatal accidents.

Harley-Davidson was made aware of the problem last fall after customers filed warranty claims. There have been five reported crashes and two injuries caused by the defect in the motorcycles, according to ABC News.

The company has notified the owners of the affected models to bring their motorcycles to their local dealerships for inspection. Damaged brake lines will be replaced for free by the company.

Owners will not also be charged for the installation of cable straps to secure the brake line on their motorcycles.

Last year, the company announced a recall on the same motorcycle models after discovering a problem with the hydraulic clutch system, Motorcycle-USA reported.

The issue, which affected 29,000 models, prevented the hydraulic clutch system from effectively disengaging the motorcycle's clutch. This problem can hinder the rider from stopping or decelerating the motorcycle.

"The safety of our customers is our highest priority," the company's general manager Tony Wilcox said. "We have identified potential safety issues and are moving quickly to notify out customers and dealers."

"The inspection and repair of these motorcycles is extremely important, so it's critical that our customers with affected vehicles contact their dealers immediately," he added. "We apologize for this circumstance. The company is committed to correcting the issue and providing customers with the quality experience and service they expect."

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