Accordingly, in a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last October 29, the models for the said fiscal years were manufactured with bracket with screws that could loosen and get detached from the rear fender. The affected motorcycles were those that were manufactured between June 14, 2011 and August 1, 2012.
Apparently, such condition may lead to contact with the rear tire, which in turn could cause the vehicle license plate bracket to rotate and then damage the rear break line, explained by the NHTSA officials. If the condition remains unaddressed, it may eventually affect rear break performance, hence increasing the risk of a motorcycle accident that could lead to severe injuries or even death.
Since November 5, Harley-Davison has been notifying owners of the affected vehicles. Meanwhile, dealer are currently inspecting and repairing the motorcycles free of charge, added the NHTSA.
On the other hand, a Los Angeles motorcycle attorney who has witnessed many fatal motorcycle accidents involving Harley–Davidson motorcycles is pleased with the company’s efforts in issuing a product recall to prevent further accidents that often result in severe injuries and death. In fact, based on a 2010 statistics in California, there are 19 fatalities and 750 injuries reported as a result of motorcycle accidents just within Orange County.