I just got a 2012 with a broken latch. I got a used one from ebay ( new is 40) for 20 bucks, and it was broken also (got credited, and still kept it, so I took it apart. I'm no engineer, but this design sucks!
I took it apart, and there is a stupid little piece inside that rotates to lock it when the latch closes. There are 2 springs inside, but to "fix" it you can just bend the catch back closed. The catch part was bent upward as if to indicate that someone pried it open when it was locked with handlebars. I simply grabbed a pair of pliers and squeezed it back to where it was. It works fine.
I'm still getting a new one, though.
if yours doesn't latch, then try this... open the cover, and put a small screwdriver or such in the rear part of the latch. This will keep it from rotating back down whilst you bend the tab down.
when you bend it back, you will make the opening a perfect oval...Which it is not now, if it won't latch.
When the latch gets pried open, the front part of the tab prevents the tab from rotating forward enough to rotate a stupid little piece inside the latch to lock it. Squeeze the latch back together with your pliers on the top of the latch, and on your little screwdriver, and go slowly, until you can push it down with your finger, and them push it down again, a little more, and it will spring back up. What the hell....try it. you can't break it any more than it is.
Last edited by Easy Rider; 06-28-2020 at 01:36 PM.