Accidents involving 4-wheel motor vehicles and motorcycles are not uncommon, and often these collisions are attributable to driver negligence or recklessness. However, in some cases motorcyclists may find themselves in dangerous situations because their vehicles malfunction or otherwise present dangerous characteristics. When this occurs, individuals may suffer accidents and serious injuries due to manufacturer mistakes and other related defects.
In California and other states throughout the country, defective products, including vehicles and motorcycles, may be recalled by their manufacturers pursuant to federal mandates. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can issue a recall if it becomes aware that a product is defective, but motorcycle manufacturers may also start recalls when they learn that their goods are unsafe.
Recalls must follow certain rules so that consumers are made aware of their potentially dangerous products. Public reports must be issued that describe what the defects are in the products, who may be affected, what issues or accidents have resulted from the presence of the defects, what consumers may do to fix their defective products, and when they may begin to seek help to ensure that their products are safe.
A motorcycle may be unsafe if its design is defective or if it includes a component or system that is faulty. Defective motorcycle components can cause vehicles to fail to brake, accelerate without warning, or engage in other hazardous actions. A defective product such as a motorcycle can significantly harm a victim, and individuals who are hurt by bad products can often seek compensation through litigation. Support for motorcycle accident claims can be sought from personal injury lawyers.