Safe Ride by Spencer Kuvin, Motorcycle Attorney

Recent Motorcycle Recalls

 Friday, October 21, 2011

SAFE RIDE Leopold~Kuvin, P.A. is committed to promote public safety.  We have observed the tragedies of our motorways, and our first priority is your safety.  We urge drivers to be aware and mindful of motorcyclists on the road….and wish all motorists a safe passage home. 

 

Recent Motorcycle Recalls

Consumers should have an expectation that the vehicle they purchase, whether it is an automobile or motorcycle, is safe for its intended use.  The manufacturers of these products make millions of dollars every year selling their vehicles to consumers.  As a consumer, you should have an expectation that at least some of the profits made by these companies is going toward safety in design.  A safe vehicle is one that takes into account the regular use of the vehicle, and engineering it to prevent potentially fatal crashes when possible.  

Provided below are recent motorcycle recalls:  

Triumph has issued a recall of approximately 1,485 Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC motorcycles manufactured from September 2010 – June 2011.  Certain 2011 and 2012 bikes may contain a defect that affects the engine management software.  As a result of this malfunction, the rider may notice lower RPMS, causing the engine to stall when decelerating and increasing the risk of crash.  

The recall was expected to begin September 2011 and dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge.  Owners may contact Triumph directly at 1-678-539-8782. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V434000.    

Yamaha has issued a recall of approximately 2,300 VMX17 (V-MAX) motorcycles manufactured from September 2008-April 2011.  Oil pressure build up in certain motorcycles can prevent oil from pumping into the engine, causing severe engine damage.  This defect can cause the engine to stall while in operation, increasing the risk of crash and death.  

The recall is expected to begin in October 2011 and dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge.  Owners may contact Yamaha directly at 1-800-962-7926. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V483000.    

Owners are encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov, with any questions or concerns surrounding these or any other recalls or safety campaigns.  I encourage all riders to pay attention to product recalls to ensure a safe ride.  
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