As with any type of product, motorcycles can sometimes be manufactured with defects that put the riders of certain models at risk. When a manufacturer discovers this fact, they are supposed to issue a warning and recall to consumers. In some cases, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will order manufacturers to issue a recall. Either way, when a recall is in effect, manufactures have some specific responsibilities.
First, they must issue a report in a public manner that describes the defect and the remedy. That report must include how the defect or product is noncompliant with safety standards. It must also identify the exact model, vehicle or equipment that is impacted and provide a population. For example, a company might say that a specific gear model manufactured between January 2015 and March 2015 is impacted, and that there are 50,000 of them on the market.