MILWAUKEE -- Harley-Davidson Motor Company is recalling thousands of motorcycles because of a potential problem with a license plate bracket assembly.
The recall affects all model year 2012 and certain model year 2013 VRSCDX motorcycles manufactured from June 14, 2011, through August 1, 2012. It affects about 2,800 sold in the U.S.
The license plate bracket assembly's mounting screws may loosen and the assembly may separate from the rear fender. This condition may lead to contact with the rear tire which could cause the license plate bracket to rotate, possibly damaging the rear brake line.
If the license plate bracket contact with the rear brake line remains undetected, it may affect rear brake performance, increasing the risk of a crash, which could lead to injury or death of the rider.
Harley-Davidson will notify owners and repair any affected motorcycles free of charge.
The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, November 5, 2012. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-414-343-4056.