Harley-Davidson has issued a recall for 19,015 motorcycles that may have issues with thread corrosion on the front brake master cylinder brake line banjo bolt (say that five times fast). The recall affects a number of Softail and Dyna models made between August 22, 2011 and February 24, 2012.
Namely, the affected models are 2012 model year FXST103, FLSTC, FLSTC103, FLSTF, FLSTF103, FXDL, FXDWG, FXDWG103, FXDC, FXDB, FLSTN, FLSTN103, FLSTC103Shrine, FLSTFB, FLSTFB103, FXS, FXS103, FLS, FLS103, FLD, FLD103, and FXDF.
If the brake line threads corrode, a sudden loss of brake fluid could result, which could cause a loss of the front brakes and thus increase the risk of a crash.
Harley-Davidson will notify affected owners, and have dealers flush and inspect the front brake master cylinder. If necessary, dealers will replace the master cylinder, free of charge. This recall is expected to begin on January 14, 2015.
Affected owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s number for this recall is 0163 and 0164. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.