Why should motorcyclists care about motorcycle defects?

Nov 13, 2014 Motorcycle Accidents    Uncategorized

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

Motorcyclists in Ohio understand the efforts and skills used by manufacturers to create and produce their motorcycles. From the hand clutch to the ignition circuit breaker up to the muffler, riders appreciate the manufacturers’ detailed work. However, mistakes can still happen, and motorcycle manufacturers are not exempt.

There always are occasions where manufacturers inadvertently produce defective motorcycles. In some instances, distributors and suppliers damage the vehicles during shipment. In fact, it has been reported that almost 50 motorcycle recalls associated with nine manufacturers were issued in 2012. The recalls involved overheating engines, failing brake pads, leaking fuel tanks and broken wheel rims. These defects may increase the risk of a motorcycle crash, injuries or fatalities.

Unfortunately, faulty motorcycles have a tendency to cause motorcycle accidents. For example, if the brake pad of the motorcycle fails, it may lead to a loss of braking efficiency and loss of control to the vehicle. Motorcycles recalled for a fuel tank malfunction may create a fire risk to the rider. Engine failures may increase the risk of a collision. And when it comes to faulty handle bars, riders may lose control of the motorcycle while riding. If that happens, the risk of crash also increases.

Motorcycle recalls also include defective tires. Defective tires may cause skidding, hydroplaning and spinning. If tire blowouts occur, a rider will not have enough time to react to the situation, increasing the risk of a crash. The same may happen if the faulty tires cause a loss of control.

Motorcycle riders should always be mindful of road hazards and other vehicles when they are riding. Motorcycle recalls are as important as riding safely because these problems can cause serious injuries in a crash.

Source: RoadRunner.Travel, “Motorcycle Defects Can Cause Serious Injuries,” accessed on Nov. 6, 2014