Harley-Davidson is recalling more than a quarter million motorcycles because of an issue with their brake lights. The move is expected to cost the company $10 million-$12 million in the fourth quarter, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The recall affects 308,474 model year 2009-12 touring, CVO touring and trike models. Of the total recalled motorcycles, 250,757 are in the United States, according to a National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration report.
In the affected bikes, the rear brake light switch may be exposed to excessive heat from the exhaust system, causing the switch not to activate the brake lamp, activate the break lamp when no brake is applied and/or cause a brake fluid leak.
The motorcycles affected were manufactured from June 6, 2008, through Sept. 16, 2011. To see the full list of units affected in the U.S., click here.
Harley-Davidson is notifying owners of the affected bikes, and dealers will install a rear brake light switch kit to remedy the problem. The recall is expected begin around Oct. 31.
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