Motorcycle Safety Recalls

motorbike accident from motorcycle safety recallsNo matter how safe you try to be, riding a motorcycle is considered a “high risk activity.” In a recent study, motorcycle rider deaths were nearly 30 times greater than drivers of other vehicles.

Because of the major liability associated with motorcycle riding, sometimes these types of cases are more difficult to represent. What makes a motorcycle accident case even more difficult to fight, is if the rider was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.

Failure to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle shows negligent behavior on the part of the rider, and sometimes makes it more difficult to bring about a good compensation for the motorcycle accident injuries. Still, in countless motorcycle accident lawsuits, a distracted or negligent car or truck driver is often at fault.

Whatever the case may be, motorcycle recalls also happen every once in a while, too. In this circumstance, the manufacturer is to blame for a motorcycle accident, due to faulty parts or construction. In 2005, 87,000 riders were injured, while more than 4,500 were killed. This was a 14 percent and 13 percent increase, from the prior year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers service bulletins and posts recall information on its site. Let’s take a look at some recent motorcycle safety recalls.

2013 BMW R1200 GS

Problem: Front Suspension

BMW is recalling their 2013 R1200 GS motorcycles that were manufactured January 9th 2013 to February 8th 2013. The front fork tube may loosen, because of an insufficient torque of a locking bolt.

2012 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX

Problem: license plate bracket mounting screw

Harley-Davidson is recalling their 2012 VRSCDX, as the license plate bracket assembly’s mounting screws might loosen and the assembly may separate from the rear fender. This defect might cause contact with the rear tire, which could cause the license plate bracket to rotate, possibly damaging the rear brake line.

2013 Triumph Speed Triple

Problem: turn signal

The 2013 Triumph Speed triple is undergoing a motorcycle safety recall, too – model year 2012-2013 Daytona 675, Street Triple, Speed Triple, and Tiger 800 motorcycles, specifically. Because of an error in manufacturing, the turn signal stems on the front and rear of the motorcycle may break easily.

2009-2012 Can-Am Spyder (three-wheeler and other models)

Problem: leaking vapors / fuel cap

The popular three-wheeler is being recalled because its fuel vapor canister vent hose has been leaking vapors. These vapors could get trapped in the enclosed engine compartment. It’s possible that they could ignite and catch fire.

Also, the 2009 Can-Am Spyder GS, 2009-2012 Spyder RS, and 2010-2012 Spyder RT models are being recaled. The fuel caps on these models may not fit properly onto the fuel tank filler neck. If the caps don’t seal like they should, there is the possibility for fuel vapors to leak, again, offering the threat of igniting and burning.

2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale

Problem: exhaust butterfly valve, uniball bearing, loose screws, swingarm shaft pivots, cylinder reservoir hose.

The first recall concerns a problem with the exhaust butterfly valve bowden cable cover, which has the potential to melt or burn because of excess heat of the catalytic converter, and could result in smoke or fire.

The next recall concerns an incorrect assembly of a uniball bearing on the damper rod eyelet. In turn, this could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

Another recall of the Ducati has to do with the screws that secure the steering damper to the steering head. Apparently, they could call out, because an insufficient amount of Loctite was applied to the threads, upon assembly.

The fourth motorcycle safety recall concerns the right and left swingarm shaft pivots. These can loosen, and can cause the driver to lose control.

Lastly, the master cylinder reservoir hose might interfere with the threading end of the reservoir retaining screw.

Reach Out To A Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone you know has been injured to due the negligence of these motorcycle manufacturers, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer, today!


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