Stay Aware of Motorcycle Recalls
Motorcycle manufacturing operates on an assembly line basis and is highly automated. While this may be efficient and cost-effective, it also means that when a manufacturer recognizes a flaw in a design, it often affects a large number of motorcycles. In many cases, manufacturers have to institute a recall to replace or repair the defective part and to ensure the safety of their product.
A good example of a recent recall that directly implicated and compromised the safety of motorcycle riders was the recall by Triumph of a line of heated handle grips. Specifically, the heated grips expand too much and keep the throttle from returning to its regular position, so the throttle remains engaged. This is almost like the gas pedal in a car being perpetually stuck to the floor and can easily cause a motorcyclist to lose control. Fortunately, the company has discovered the problem and issued a recall of the handle grips.
Multiple Motorcycle-related Recalls
Many motorcycle manufacturers take their role seriously in ensuring that they have a safe product for motorcycle riders and those who share the road with them. Surely there are some companies who may put profits first rather than issue a costly recall whenever possible but that is not the norm. The problem for motorcycle riders is that they can often be harmed or put at risk of harm before a widespread defect is discovered and a recall is issued.
An example of the integrity of some motorcycle manufacturers is that Honda instituted a recall of a specific motorcycle, the Honda GL 1800, several times over. The third time they instituted a recall after only eight incidences to keep riders safe.
Another good example of manufacturer honesty is the three-wheeled motorcycle built by Spyder. The manufacturer’s parent company BRP has instituted multiple safety recalls of the same vehicle. Two of those recalls are for the same issue – the power steering motor. Apparently, the power steering motor overheats, which in turn shuts it down and can result in locked handlebars. In addition, as the power steering motor heats up, the ability of the driver to control the vehicle is diminished.
Defective motorcycle parts can cause serious crashes and injuries, so you should always be well-aware of any recalls that may affect the bike that you ride. If a company has not yet issued a recall and a part malfunctions, you deserve to recover for your medical bills, lost income, and other damages resulting from the crash.
Contact a Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, a defective part may be the cause of the accident. Whether you are the motorcycle rider or passenger, all possible factors that may have caused the accident need to be investigated. The motorcycle accident lawyers at the Dolman Law Group have the tools needed to hold any negligent manufacturers liable for your losses. We are here to assist you, so please contact us online here or call us at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation today.
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