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Harley recalls 66,000 bikes made at York County facility

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Harley-Davidson Motor Co. is recalling 66,421 motorcycles, which were made at the company's York County facility, because the front wheel could lock up.

The recall includes 2014 ABS-equipped Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles, models FLHTK, FLHTKSE, FLHTKSHRINE, FLHTCU, FLHTCUTC, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHXSHRINE, FLHR, FLHRC, FLHP and FLHRSE, manufactured July 1, 2013, through May 7, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The front brake line of the motorcycles were in a position where they could become pinched between the fuel tank and frame, said Bernadette Lauer, communication manager for the Springettsbury Township plant. The DOT said the pinch could cause an increase in brake line pressure that leads to the front wheel locking up. This could result in a crash.

The company knows of five crashes and two minor injuries related to the defect, which it discovered last fall through warranty claims, according to the Associated Press.

"When the problem was discovered, an additional strap was added to the process so any motorcycles built after that time wouldn't have a similar problem," Lauer said.

Harley will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the motorcycles for brake line damage and replace the damaged lines as necessary, according to DOT. Dealers also will install one or two cable straps to prevent the line from being pinched in the future, free of charge, according to the government.

The recall is expected to start this month, but owners may contact Harley customer service at 800-258-2464, according to DOT.

Harley-Davidson Motor Co., headquartered in Milwaukee, has about 1,000 local employees at its Springettsbury Township plant, according to Business Journal records. The company trades its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker HOG.

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