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Reynolds Machine Tool Company


Reynolds R285 Years: 1998
Reynolds R286 Years: 1998

Number Involved: 175
Dates of Manufacture: January 1996 - October 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98E007
Defect: The recall affects aftermarket luggage racks for use on BMW motorcycles. When installing the luggage rack, the charcoal cannister is moved slightly downward. When the motorcycle's suspension is fully compressed, this cannister contacts the brake line fitting at the rear brake caliper, loosening the brake fitting, resulting in a loss of brake fluid. Brake fluid leakage will reduce brake efficiency, extend stopping distances, and increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy: Owners will be provided with new, free mounting brackets for these luggage racks. Owner notification is expected to begin during April 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Reynolds at 1-801-266-4391.

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.