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NHTSA 05-98
Wednesday, February 4, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Models: Harley-Davidson FL Year: 1998

Harley-Davidson Softail Years: 1998

Number Involved: 2,012
Dates of Manufacture: November 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V227 Harley-Davidson Campaign No. 090
Vehicle Description: Motorcycles.
Description of Defect: The rear brake pedal assembly may have an inadequate weld.
Consequence of Defect: This condition can allow the lever hub to separate from the master cylinder lever, causing rear brake failure.
Corrective Action: Dealers will perform the recall service on these motorcycles.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin during January 1998.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Harley-Davidson at 1-8414-342-4680.

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.