Bisnar | Chase: Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Recalled for Potential Safety Defects

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Orange County auto products liability lawyer comments on an Oct. 29 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report announcing the recall of 2,798 Harley-Davidson 2012 and 2013 VRSCDX models due to potential safety defects. The report states that a manufacturing defect could lead to rear brake line damage increasing the risk of a crash.

2012 Harley Davidson recall

2012 Harley Davidson recall -image credit: totalmotorcycle.com

It is crucial that injured victims or families of deceased motorcycle accident victims preserve the motorcycle unaltered after an accident.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company is issuing a defective product recall for all model year 2012 and certain 2013 model VRSCDX motorcycles due to potential manufacturing and assembly flaws. According to an Oct. 29 NHTSA report (Campaign ID number: 12V503000), the motorcycles in question were manufactured between June 14, 2011 and Aug. 1, 2012. The report states that the bracket assembly's mounting screws may loosen and the assembly may separate from the rear fender.

This condition may lead to contact with the rear tire, which in turn could cause the license plate bracket to rotate and damage the rear brake line, NHTSA officials say. If this condition remains undetected, it may affect rear brake performance increasing the risk of a crash, which could lead to serious injury or even death, the report states. When the recall begins on or about Nov. 5, Harley-Davidson will notify owners and dealers will inspect and repair any affected motorcycles at no charge to the consumer, according to the NHTSA report.

According to California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 19 fatalities and 750 injuries reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in Orange County.

A number of motorcycle accidents occur due to dangerous and defective auto products, says John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firm. "Sometimes, family members of motorcycle accident victims are left wondering what caused their loved one's accident. In our experience, product defects and dangerous roadways are behind many tragic solo motorcycle crashes."

Bisnar says it is crucial that injured victims or families of deceased motorcycle accident victims preserve the motorcycle unaltered after an accident. "In a motorcycle accident, the vehicle is a very important piece of evidence and it must be preserved intact. This way, an expert will be able to analyze it for defects, malfunctions and other evidence."

About Bisnar | Chase

The Orange County auto products liability lawyers of Bisnar | Chase represent victims of auto accidents, defective products, dangerous roadways, and many other personal injuries. The firm has been featured on a number of popular media outlets including Newsweek, Fox, NBC, and ABC and is known for its passionate pursuit of results for their clients. Since 1978, Bisnar | Chase has recovered millions of dollars for victims of auto accidents, auto defects and dangerously designed and/or maintained roadways.

For more information, call 800-561-4831 or visit http://www.orange-county-lawyers.com for a free consultation.

Sources: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/results.cfm?rcl_id=12V503000&searchtype=quicksearch&summary=true&refurl=rss

http://www.chp.ca.gov/switrs/pdf/2010-sec8.pdf

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