The motorcycle behemoth and trendsetter Harley-Davidson is under surveillance: US probes brake failure on its motorcycles, the preliminary evaluation as it is being termed involves 2008 to 2011 Harleys.
Harley-Davidson motorcycles subjected to reports of three crashes and two injuries, concerned with brake failures is being probed by the US Automotive Safety Regulator.
“About 430 thousand motorcycles are involved in the probe,” said National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Riders report sudden brake system failure occurring without warning” added NHTSA, while receiving 43 complaints.
Aroused an issue among the riders, a sudden hamper in the front brake hand lever or rear brake foot pedal. One complaint alleged that both brakes failed at the same time, resulting in a low-speed crash into a garage door.
The Harleys are equipped with anti-lock braking systems and here comes the trouble with its brake fluid maintenance. The old fluid becomes contaminated by moisture and allegedly corrodes the ABS actuator valves, resulting in poor braking response.
The NHTSA supposed the riders are unaware of Harley-Davidson’s suggestions to change the brake fluid every two years. In a statement, the NHTSA said, “the owners are either unaware of or ignore Harley’s directives”.
“While it may be true that the complainants failed to adhere to Harley-Davidson’s two-year brake fluid service interval requirement, the consequent sudden and complete loss of brake(s) without warning, is a concern”, the agency said.
It seems the Harley-Davidson is explicitly concerned with the probe and cognisant to come up with a remedy.” We are aware of and co-operating with NHTSA in its investigation,” says Harley-Davidson spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim.