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Is your motorcycle defective?

As long-time motorcycle rider, you know the dangers of the road. You have dodged more than your share of distracted drivers, avoided pot-holes, and powered through bad weather conditions. But what if the danger is not from an external source? What if the danger is somewhere in your in your bike?

Automobiles, including motorcycles, top the list of faulty consumer products. Safety recalls usually come from one of two sources: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the manufacturer. Understanding the procedure of safety recalls and the duties of the manufacturer is important if you are involved in an accident caused by a defect.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a defective motorcycle, a League City attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages. Read further for more information on motorcycle recalls.

Duty of the manufacturer

In the case of a product recall, regardless of the source, there are certain things that the manufacturer must do. The main requirement is the filing of a public report. The report must identify the defect, the make and model, and the event that sparked the recall. In addition, the manufacturer has to provide a solution to the problem, such as free repairs or a replacement model. The manufacturer is also required to notify each owner individually.

Federal requirements

In 1966, the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act became law. It requires that NHTSA release a monthly report to the public that includes a list of that month's recalls. NHSTA does this to ensure that anyone registered as an owner of a defective motor vehicle receives notification of the potential problem. Sometimes these reports go public before the manufacturer submits its report.

Finding information on a recall

NHTSA provides a phone number and website so that you can get up-to-date information on safety recalls. You can search for the make and model of your motorcycle and find out if it is currently listed, or has even been part of a recall. You can also call NHTSA to report a problem or any worries you might have about the safety of your bike.

Legal options if the manufacturer isn't compliant

If your motorcycle is on a safety recall list, but the manufacturer is not providing a solution, you may have legal options. Furthermore, if you have been injured in an accident caused by a defect with your motorcycle prior to a safety recall, you may be able to file a claim. Reach out to a League City attorney today for a case evaluation and find out if you are entitled to compensation.

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