Another possible dangerous vehicle defect has been announced, prompting an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson. The company has received 43 complaints from consumers whose bike brakes failed without any warning.
The NHTSA’s investigation could ultimately affect more than 430,000 Harley Davidson motorcycles which were manufactured between the years 2008 through 2011 and have anti-lock braking systems. These systems were designed in order to stop riders from losing their grip on the bike if they should suddenly have to do a hard brake (i.e. if another vehicle suddenly cuts them off).
However, the consumers who have complained say that the brakes suddenly lock up without any warning and in many of the cases reported, the owners say they just barely avoided what could have been severe – if not fatal – crashes. Among the complaints were three motorcycle accidents and two injuries blamed on the faulty braking problem. One rider actually crashed through a garage door when the brakes locked up and failed to stop the bike.
Harley Davidson has already had a record number of recalls the past two years. In 2014, approximately 210,000 bikes were recalled and last year, another record broken when 312,000 bikes were recalled. This was triple the amount of recalled bikes the company averaged in prior years.
And 2016 doesn’t appear to be getting any better.
Earlier this week, the company announced a recall of 27,232 motorcycles due to a defect in the hydraulic clutch master cylinder. The affected bikes are certain 2016 Touring and Softail model motorcycles.
Motorcyclists are more at risk for serious injuries if they are involved in a crash, so having a vehicle that has a defect which could cause that crash to happen can have devastating consequences for both the rider and his or her family. Whether the defect is a result of a mistake in the manufacturing of the product or because of a flaw in the design of the product, companies can still be held responsible for injuries under product liability laws.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective product, contact an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the manufacturer of that product.