Recalls are not uncommon and unfortunately happen quite often. No matter how great the motorcycle manufacturer is, mistakes happen and things ultimately slip through the quality inspections of some factories. The real problem lies when owners do not comply with the recall leading to a potentially dangerous situation. Residents of Connecticut owning a Harley Davidson motorcycle, may want to double check their mailboxes as a recent recall for defective motorcycle parts was just issued by the company.
In a recent statement issued by Harley Davidson, almost 250,000 motorcycles were being recalled due to brakes potentially failing without warning. The 2008-2011 VRSC, Touring and CVO Touring models were all affected,and the needed repair to correct the recall would be covered by the company. Harley Davidson also stated that the recall may have been preventable had the owners replaced the motorcycle brake fluid every two years as recommended.
By law, manufacturers are required to notify owners of recalled motorcycles or equipment while remedying the issue without cost to the owner. Prior to the recall, there have been a total of 43 complaints, three accidents and two injuries reported. Passengers involved in an accident may be eligible for compensation to help cover any incurred cost obtained from injuries.
Motorcycles that lose their ability to stop are understandably susceptible to being involved in a serious crash. Passengers or anyone else involved in an accident due to defective motorcycle parts should not bear the brunt of the blame. Those in Connecticut who have been injured in motorcycle accidents due to a defective part may benefit from the knowledge of legal counsel to assess culpability and prepare a claim in pursuit of full restitution for monetary damages sustained.
Source: wfsb.com, “Harley-Davidson recalls motorcycles with braking problem”, Chris Isidore, Feb. 8, 2018