Zero Motorcycles, a California (CA) based company that makes electric motorcycles, has issued a recall for their 2009 Zero X and MX brand motorcycles after three injuries were reported.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the electric motorcycles have a throttle that can become stuck in the open position or disconnect entirely. The defect can cause unexpected acceleration which may lead to serious injury or even death if a motorcycle accident occurs.
Zero Motorcycles is offering to send a new dashboard to any owner. The new dashboard has a mechanism which prevents a motorcycle to turn on if the bike’s throttle is engaged which will prevent the bike from unexpected acceleration. Zero Motorcycles says the installation of the dashboard can be easily completed by any owner.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission urges anyone who owns a Zero X or MX brand motorcycle made between December 2008 and 2009 to discontinue use immediately until the faulty part can be corrected.
So far the three injuries reported have been non-life threatening, however, that may change if owners continue to drive the motorcycle. Thousands of motorcycle wrecks occur each year in the United States and the majority of these are single vehicle wrecks. This means that the driver either lost control or had engine problems with their motorcycle that led to an accident. Faulty parts like these which cause rapid acceleration could easily turn in to a deadly situation for drivers.
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