Harley-Davidson recalls 66,000 motorcycles with potential brake problems

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Harley-Davidson is recalling 66,421 motorcycles from this year’s model line over problems with the bikes’ anti-lock brakes.

The Milwaukee-based company says the recall affects 2014 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles that were built between July 1, 2013 and May 7, 2014, the company said Wednesday.

The front wheels of the bikes can lock up without notice when the front brake line is caught between the vehicle’s fuel tank and frame. The pinched line can cause a build-up of brake fluid pressure that locks the front wheel, the company says.

The defect has led to five crashes and two minor injuries. Harley-Davidson (HOG) plans to contact individual owners later this month and will replace affected bikes’ brake lines for free.

Earlier this year the iconic motorcycle-maker voluntarily recalled more than 18,000 bikes from its Breakout and CVO Breakout model lines due to a fuel range indicator defect. Another 29,000 motorcycles with hydraulic clutch system issues were recalled last fall.

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