At Rubenstein Law, we often deal with motorcycle accidents impacted by motorcycle recalls. There are many major motorcycle manufacturers—Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda, Ducati, Harley Davidson, BMW, KTM, Aprilia, Victory, Triumph, and many others you probably don’t know. All of them, at one time or another, have to issue a recall due to motorcycle defects that could cause harm to riders. This is why it’s very important to register vehicle VIN & your contact info with the manufacturer. If you are registered with the manufacturer and your contact information is current, by law, they are required to notify you of any defect or recall.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, and you believe a defect contributed to your injuries or a recall is involved, do not hesitate to talk with a Florida motorcycle defect and recall lawyer. You can reach us by texting using our online chat, calling 800-FL-LEGAL, or submitting your information through our online form. We offer free initial consultations.
A defect is a flaw or imperfection that can make a product unsafe, less efficient, or unsuitable for its intended purpose.
There are three main types of defects:
When you purchase a motorcycle, it should be safe to use as intended. Unfortunately, many motorcycles make it to the road with design and manufacturer defects. Some of these defects create unnecessary dangers for riders, including increasing the risk of a crash.
Dangerous motorcycle defects include issues with the:
If you were injured in a single or multi-motorcycle accident because your bike malfunctioned, contact a lawyer for motorcycle defects and recalls in Florida right away. A motorcycle defect may have caused or contributed to the crash. The only way to find out is to retain an experienced attorney who will thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident.
You need an attorney who will work with motorcycle and industry experts to uncover the defect, determine its role in the accident, and determine whether the manufacturer had previously issued a recall.
Motorcycle manufacturers are responsible for making sure the products they sell are safe when used as intended. All of the parts of your bike should be designed and manufactured to be as safe as possible when serving their intended purpose. When a part or motorcycle is not designed or manufactured appropriately, the manufacturer is liable for any harm caused by a dangerous defect.
Unfortunately, most defects are not uncovered until one or more riders suffer an accident and discover a defect led to the single or multi-vehicle crash. Once manufacturers learn of a potential defect, they must perform due diligence to determine which motorcycles are affected.
A manufacturer must issue a motorcycle recall when a defect creates a potential hazard for the motorcycle rider. Manufacturers are obligated by law to notify motorcycle owners of a recall and provide a remedy to the defective for free. Manufacturers may issue a voluntary recall, or a government agency may require manufacturers to issue a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also can issue motorcycle recalls.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed due to a motorcycle defect, you should speak with an attorney experienced in proving motorcycle defects caused serious crashes and fatalities. Even if the recall was issued before the defect-related accident, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries.
You can check if a recall applies to your motorcycle by using the NHTSA recalls website or the motorcycle manufacturer’s website. You will need the motorcycle’s VIN.
The VIN location is generally the same for motorcycles and dirt bikes – on the steering neck – though some are located on the motor near the bottom of the cylinders. Turn the handlebars to the left and look on the right side of the frame where the steering head goes through the frame.
What this VIN search tool does NOT cover:
If you know or suspect you have been injured because of a motorcycle defect, contact Rubenstein Law through our online form, texting our online chat, or calling 800-FL-LEGAL. We are available 24/7 to schedule your free initial consultation.