Understanding Motorcycle Safety and Defect Recalls
motorcycle can operate smoothly on the road yet have a potentially serious problem
that you're unaware of. One day, you'll receive a letter notifying you to bring
your prized ride to the dealer to correct a defect or component that can
compromise your motorcycle's safe operation.
It's the responsibility of motor vehicle manufacturers to
ensure the safety of their vehicles through proper design and manufacturing. Federal
motor vehicle safety standards set minimum performance requirements for parts and
components contributing to the safe operation of a vehicle. The United States
Code for Motor Vehicle Safety requires manufacturers to notify the owner by
mail that the vehicle has a defective part related to safety or isn't in
compliance with motor vehicle safety standards.
When Defects Are Found
Virtually every motorcycle manufacturer has issued recall
notices, and defective parts are typically the most common reason. Defects are
typically brought to the manufacturer's attention in house or by consumer
complaints, although some are discovered after serious accidents occur.
Emphasis on Safety
About 3 percent of motorcycle accidents are due to equipment
failure, so the emphasis is on safety and preventing potentially dangerous situations
on the road. Manufacturers are legally required to notify owners of recalls involving
defective parts and establishing the schedules for replacing or repairing the problem.
The recalls ensure that the manufacturer is in compliance with safety
regulations and that your motorcycle meets all operational requirements.
You have a legal option available to you if your manufacturer doesn't comply with the requirements of your motorcycle's recall notice, such as the work not being done to your satisfaction, or if there is a safety defect that hasn't been the subject of a recall yet. If you find yourself in a recall dispute with the manufacturer of your motorcycle, George Stein Steelhorse Law can assist you with evaluating your legal options. Call 770-961-1700 today for a consultation.