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.
The manufacturer must also provide information about specific events that led to the recall decision. That could include how the manufacturer discovered the issue and whether any accidents or injuries occurred that led them to find the issue. Finally, the manufacturer must state what it will do about the defective product and provide a schedule for recall activity.
With motorcycles, as with cars, manufacturers might schedule recall repairs. This means you get a notice that your vehicle is in need of repair and you bring it to a specific shop for that repair.
In the meantime, if you are involved in a motorcycle accident that is caused in part due to the defective part, you might have legal remedies for seeking compensation. Consider reaching out to a personal injury lawyer to find out what your options for a lawsuit might be.
Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Defects and Recalls," accessed Oct. 21, 2016