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Hybrid motorcycle proving hard for Polaris to get on the road

By some standards, the Slingshot by Polaris is a motorcycle. By other standards it's considered something else that almost defies definition. Regardless of how you refer to it there is one thing that is solid. It's under recall.

Just like other motor vehicle on the road, the Slingshot is subject to the rules and regulations controlling product safety and there are a couple of issues that have cropped up, prompting Polaris to stop sales of the three-wheeled machine. The company has also issued a recall for nearly 1,900 of the Slingshots and drivers are warned they shouldn't even drive them until repairs are made.

Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation in Texas, thanks to generally mild year-round weather. Those who ride them know they are taking a certain risk, but too often they wind up suffering serious or deadly injuries due to another driver's negligence. A lot of times, the reason the driver who is to blame gives for why the crash occurred is that they didn't see the cyclist.

So far there are no known accidents involving the Slingshot. And if you've ever seen one, you can pretty well bet that lack of being noticed isn't likely to be a reason for one happening. The three-wheeled machine is very eye-catching. Many reporters liken it to a vehicle designed for a Batman movie.

Polaris says there are two issues they have to deal with. A defective ball bearing in the steering rack could fail, causing a driver to lose control. Meanwhile, the integrity of roll over hoops that are intended to provide protection in the event of a turnover may have suffered during heat-treating for painting.

Whether one's injury is caused by a negligent driver or product defect, the right of an injured motorcyclist to seek compensation remains. An experienced attorney can ensure that those rights are protected.

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