BMW has issued a vehicle defect recall for about 49,000 motorcycles.
According to an Associated Press news report, BMW has initiated the recall covering several models produced between 2005 and 2011 after finding that the rear wheel can loosen.
BMW has said that the bolt that holds the rear wheel flange may be over-tightened in these motorcycles leading to a crash.
If that occurs, the bolt could loosen, resulting in an unsecured wheel.
The company apparently discovered this problem last summer after a motorcycle crash in Spain that left the rider and passenger injured.
Recalled motorcycles include model year 2005 to 2010 R1200GS and R1200RT motorcycles, model year 2006 to 2010 R1200GS Adventure and model year 2007 to 2010 R1200R, 2007 R1200S and K1200R Sport.
Owners of affected models will be notified in April and a dealer will replace the aluminum flange with a steel part.
In the meantime, owners are urged to check their rear wheel flanges for cracks.
Accidents Caused by Defective Motorcycles
Sometimes, motorcycle accidents and injuries are caused by issues in the motorcycle. Motorcycle defects could occur because of motorcycles or parts that are defectively manufactured.
This may be the result of an error at the manufacturing facility or a problem that occurs during shipping or at the dealership.
A motorcycle could also be defective because they are poorly designed. When a motorcycle or part is defective, it may be the subject of a safety recall.
When this occurs, the manufacturer must take specific steps to notify motorcycle owners and provide them with a remedy.
Compensation for Injured Victims
Anyone who has been injured as the result of a defective motorcycle or part would be well advised to preserve the vehicle in its current condition unaltered so an expert can examine it for defects, malfunctions, design flaws and other evidence.
Injured victims can file a product liability claim against the motorcycle manufacturer or the maker of the part seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disfigurement, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
The best product defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.