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Feds probe Harley brake fails


2011 Harley-Davidson FLHR (Harley-Davidson)

The U.S. executive is investigating complaints from Harley-Davidson riders who say their motorcycle brakes failed without warning.

The investigation covers 430,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles with model years between 2008 and 2011 and which have an anti-lock braking device, the Nationwide Highway Visitors Security Administration stated Friday.

Riders mentioned that the brakes on the hand lever and foot pedal did not work, causing one driver to crash right into a garage door. NHTSA mentioned it obtained 43 complaints, three studies of crashes and two reports of accidents.

The agency said it’s imaginable that some riders who experienced brake failure did not change the motorcycle’s brake fluid every two years as advisable via Harley-Davidson. The previous fluid could corrode valves within the anti-lock braking device, NHTSA mentioned. Even If riders did not alternate the fluid, the unexpected brake failure “is a concern,” the company stated.

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. said Friday that it’s aware of the investigation and is cooperating with NHTSA.

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