Defects in motor vehicles, including motorcycles, account for a huge number of safety recalls each year. Many times these safety recalls, while concerning, do not pose a serious threat to riders if handled properly and timely manner. Unfortunately, some motorcycle manufacturers remain aware of defects that could pose a threat to riders, and they choose to ignore them. When these motorcycle defects result in injury or loss of life, motorcyclists or their family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
When a motorcycle manufacturer discovers a defect, the threat is investigated by the manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When a safety recall is sent out to the public, the manufacturer or NHTSA makes the public aware of the issue in question and the remedy for it. To make sure this information reaches all those it pertains to, a motorcycle manufacturer must attempt to notify owners, dealers and distribution chains.
Federal law holds motorcycle manufacturers responsible for remedying any defect at no cost to consumers. Unfortunately, these remedies are only required for safety issues that are significant enough to require a recall. Many times, these safety concerns are discovered only after they have caused damage. This may be an accident or injury to the rider. Occasionally, a defect that was seen as not significant enough to prompt a recall also causes an injury. When this happens, the injured motorcyclist may be able to seek damages from the manufacturer.
Each year, many individuals are injured and killed as a result of motor vehicle safety issues and defects. These issues concern every driver, including motorcyclists. Individuals who have suffered a loss or injury due to a motorcycle defect may benefit by speaking with a personal injury attorney.