Harley-Davidson Warning-Label Recall

MILWAUKEE – The Harley-Davidson Motor Company agreed to recall certain model-year 2021-2022 motorcycles which may be missing a brake-fluid warning label on their reservoir cover.

The 4,177-recall population consists of 1,141 2021-2022 Harley-Davidson XL1200X, 2,868 2021-2022 Harley-Davidson XL883N and 168 2021 Harley-Davidson XL1200NS models produced between Aug. 23, 2021, and Feb. 3, 2022.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 22V-160, the safety risk comes down to owner/user information access and the consequences of improper care of the motorcycle.

“The absence of the brake fluid warning statement on the reservoir cover may lead to an improper maintenance procedure if the owner does not have access to or does not consult the owners’ manual (which contains the brake fluid specifications). Improper brake system maintenance could, over time, affect brake system performance and increase the risk of a crash,” the report stated.

The remedy is simple: owners will be mailed replacement decals and instructions on how to affix them to the reservoir cover. As an alternative, should they want to, an owner can take their motorcycle to a franchised Harley-Davidson dealer for installation of the sticker.

Dealers were scheduled to be notified of the recall last week and owners are scheduled to begin receiving notification and decals beginning April 1st.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.