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How Common Are Motorcycle Safety Recalls?

Although they don’t receive the press that auto recalls do, motorcycle safety recalls are very common. This year Honda recalled 22,142 Shadow Cruisers due to a bank angle sensor defect. In 2015 Honda recalled 45,153 motorcycles for a potentially defective starter relay switch. The same year Harley Davidson recalled 45,901 touring models due to a potentially dangerous problem with the clutch disengaging. These are only highlights of dozens of motorcycle safety recalls by the manufacturers in the last two years. Virtually every motorcycle manufacturer including BMW, Triumph, Yamaha, Ducati and Indian issued recalls in that period. Many involved potentially dangerous, defective parts.

You Are Ensured Safety Under the Code

The safety of all motor vehicles is guaranteed under Title 49, Chapter 301, Section 30101 (a) (8) of the United States Code for Motor Vehicles which states that safety is “the performance of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment in a way that protects the public against unreasonable risks of accidents occurring because of design, construction or performance of a motor vehicle, and against unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident, and includes non-operational safety of a motor vehicle.” In other words, it is the responsibility of all motor vehicle manufacturers to use reasonable care to ensure the safety of their vehicles through proper design and manufacturing. This law applies to all motor vehicles including motorcycles. If a rider is injured or killed while riding a motorcycle and the injuries or death was caused partly or completely by a manufacturing defect or design flaw the manufacturer may be held responsible. Motorcycle safety recalls are designed to rectify potentially dangerous situations.

Motorcycle safety recalls are a common occurrence in the U.S. There frequency may not be as great as those concerning multi-passenger vehicles, but they are frequent enough to cause the creation of several websites with pages dedicated only to motorcycle recalls. In addition the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) produces lists of safety recalls in a monthly publication. The lists on the web and by the NHTSA give the make, year and model and a description of the defective part or design flaw.

How Motorcycle Safety Recalls Work

Motorcycle safety recalls are initiated in two ways. The first is by the NHTSA and the other is by the vehicle manufacturers. Defects are hopefully discovered in house or by consumer complaints first, but unfortunately some are discovered after serious accidents occurred. Motorcycle accidents due to equipment failure only account for three percent of all motorcycle accidents, but that percentage should be near zero. A defective motorcycle should never have made it to market in the first place.

If you have a motorcycle has been recalled due to defective parts or design, you should receive a letter in the mail instructing you to take your bike to the local dealer for repair. It is your responsibility once you receive the letter. In the case of a motorcycle safety recall, the manufacturer is required to remediate the situation at no cost to you. Recalls will be issued for safety issues regarding brakes, chain, steering, clutch, wheels and tires or toe clips. It is rare for a recall to be issued for cosmetic issues.

Were You Injured?

If you were injured in an accident due to a defective part or design of your motorcycle, contact a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Even if a recall was issued it does not relive the manufacturer from the safety responsibility and liability for you injuries and property damage.

Dolman Law Group has successfully represented countless clients who have been injured due to defective motorcycle manufacturing. If you were injured on a motorcycle due to a defective part or a flaw in the design, contact a motorcycle accident attorney today at Dolman Law Group for a free evaluation of your case. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income and the damage to your bike. Call 727-451-6900 or fill out the online contact form on our website. Do not hesitate as time to file your case may run out.

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