Harley-Davidson recalling 9,100 motorcycles for fuel level sensor fix

Publish Date: 
Apr 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Harley-Davidson is recalling about 9,100 2013-14 FXSB and FXSBSE models manufactured from March 20, 2012, through March 10, 2014, to identify and fix a problem with the fuel level sensor signal, NHTSA announced.

Suspension variances may affect the gas tank mounting angle, causing the fuel level sensor to read inaccurately, according to NHTSA. "The gauge inaccuracy may cause the motorcycle to run out of fuel unexpectedly, possibly even before the Low Fuel Warning lamp illuminates," the recall stated. This would cause the motorcycle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

The problem was identified in January by a Harley-Davidson engineer who reported that a test bike unexpectedly ran out of fuel while it was being operated. Subsequent investigation by the Motor Co. identified various warranty and customer reports related to the problem, the OEM told the agency. No crashes or injuries related to this issue have been reported, the company stated.

"Engineering analysis of the condition indicated that due to suspension differences between various Softail models, the fuel tank on the models...is pitched forward approximately 3 degrees as compared to other models in the Softail family. This particular configuration reduces the actual volume of fuel available when the float arm reaches the position at which the Low Fuel Warning lamp is illuminated," the company reported.

Dealers are asked to apply a software update that will recalibrate the fuel level sensor signal on the affected bikes.

Posted by Mary Slepicka