Common Motorcycle DefectsLike passenger cars, motorcycles require routine maintenance to stay in good working order. A single malfunction can harm you, other motorists, and even damage your motorcycle. You should periodically check for the manufacturer’s updates and recall information. Here is a list of some common manufacturer defects found on motorcycles:
- Handlebar defect – this causes wobbling and uncontrollable shaking;
- Rear tire defect – this causes imbalance due to misalignment; and
- Fuel line defect – this causes fire and excess heating.
Motorcycle Manufacturers’ ResponsibilityAccording to regulations set forth by law, manufacturers are required to notify the public when a safety recall is made for their products. In this motorcycle recall notice, the manufacturer will detail the following information:
- The motorcycle model and its population;
- The specific defect causing a safety hazard;
- Description of a case(s) that lead to the defect discovery and recall;
- Proposed solution to the problem; and
- Schedule for the recall.
NHTSA and Motorcycle Defects InvestigationThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is in charge of investigating reported motorcycle defects, and may instigate a recall if defective motorcycle parts are found. The administration conducts its investigation in a few stages with full intention of reducing the risk of a motorcycle accident. The NHTSA investigation process involves the following stages:
- Petition review;
- Investigation; and
- Recall Management.