Massive Honda Gold Wing Recall Because of Dragging Rear Brake

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A safety alert was issued by Honda and the NHTSA for the customers and riders of certain Honda Gold Wing GL1800 and GL1800A bikes. Approximately 126,000 Gold Wing motorcycles model years 2001 through 2012 are affected by a potential problem which may cause the rear brake to drag.
Model year 2001-2010 and 2012 GL1800 bikes and 2001-2005 GL1800A machines are potentially affected by the issue. In these vehicles, the rear brake caliper may still exert pressure on the brake disc, causing it to drag and increasing the risk of a crash. Even more, official Honda and NHTSA documents say that even though the dragging may not be obvious to all riders, it could generate enough heat to result in a fire, again a major hazard for the occupants when the motorcycle is in operation.

The problem was signaled in the past, but was first attributed to failure to comply with the technical requirements of changing the brake fluid. At the time, contaminants in the analyzed brake fluid have been found, but it looks like the problem occurred on several more occasions, and further complaints from customers triggered additional inspections.

So far Honda does not know the full extent of the problem, or whether it lies with the secondary master cylinder or the caliper. Still, customers are being notified and instructed how to check their bikes. In case they detect the problem, they should book an appointment with their nearest dealer, free of charge. Honda will once more notify the customers when a remedy for the issue is found. No accident, injury or casualties were reported.

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