Harley-Davidson has announced a voluntary recall of over 250,000 motorcycles, out of which approximately 175,000 were sold in the U.S. If bikers in Texas realize that their motorcycle is among those recalled, they can take it to the dealers, which started providing the necessary repairs on Feb. 12.
The recall covers 2008 to 2011 model CVO Touring and VSRC bikes with anti-lock brakes. A module in the anti-lock brake system has been found to corrode the valve actuators, or the devices that open and close the valves. This can cause the front or rear brakes, or both, to suddenly fail. This corrosion, in turn, may be the result of old brake fluid absorbing too much moisture.
After receiving over 40 complaints about the brakes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating into the matter in July 2016. Among those complaints were reports of three crashes and two injuries. One motorcyclist, for instance, crashed into a garage door, albeit at a low speed, when both brakes failed.At the same time, it is clear that the complainants did not replace their brake fluid every two years, as per the guidelines laid down by Harley-Davidson. The motorcycle manufacturer has stated that the recall will cost approximately $29.4 million.
If, however, a motorcyclist follows all the instructions and still suffers an accident due to faulty parts, he or she will be eligible for compensation. The first step is to talk with a lawyer about filing a product liability claim. With the help of investigators, the lawyer can find out whether the accident resulted from a manufacturing defect or a design defect. In addition to the manufacturer, other parties in the chain of distribution could be held financially responsible.