Honda Motor Company has issued a safety recall for 126,000 motorcycles for a second time because the brakes in these vehicles can malfunction.
According to a news report in The Associated Press, the recall covers Honda’s GL-1800 motorcycles for model years 2001-2010 and 2012.
A problem with the secondary brake master cylinder can cause the rear brake to drag, potentially leading to a crash or fire. Honda had received 533 complaints through July 24 including reports of eight small fires.
So, far, there have been no reports of crashes or injuries as a result of the problem.
Defects Lead to More Complaints
Honda originally recalled the motorcycles in December 2011, but continued to receive complaints.
In documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the automaker states that the root cause for the problem has not been determined that that it is continuing to investigate. Honda will send a letter to each motorcycle owner explaining how to look for the problem.
Motorcycles with the defect can be taken to the dealer for inspection.
A second letter will be sent out to owners once the repairs and replacement parts are available.
Dangerous and Defective Vehicles
Brake problems can cause serious issues for motorcyclists. In this particular case, the rear brake can drag, leading potentially to a crash and/or fire. These types of incidents could result in major injuries or even fatalities.
Some of the common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, broken bones, road rash, burn injuries and internal organ trauma.
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.