A.B.A.T.E. of Arizona not only looks out for your rights, we also focus on Motorcycle Awareness and Rider Education, promoting on-going education to the experienced rider.
Keeping current on the latest motorcycle recall information is vital for your safety. Never assume that a new motorcycle will be trouble-free. Many riders buy new bikes to eliminate some of the repair problems associated with used bikes. However, motorcycles do develop problems and some are serious enough that they have to be fixed using a motorcycle recall program.
As riders, it’s important to understand the procedure involved in motorcycle recalls as well as the responsibilities of those involved. Safety recalls are usually initiated by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the manufacturers themselves, in response to a discovered defect. Manufacturers have a duty to attempt to notify owners of recalled vehicles or vehicle equipment. Whether a safety recall is conducted by the vehicle manufacturer or ordered by the NHTSA, the manufacturer must file a public report describing the following:
- The safety-related defect or noncompliance with a federal motor vehicle safety standard;
- The involved vehicle/equipment population;
- The major events that resulted in the recall determination;
- A description of the remedy; and a schedule for the recall.
Motorcycle equipment items (such as helmets) and motorcycle-related consumer product items (such as apparel) may also be recalled. The equipment items are also handled by the NHTSA but consumer product items are covered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Manufacturers are obligated to notify their distribution chain and known purchasers of the recalled equipment. Under federal law, manufacturers must remedy any safety problems that are significant enough to prompt a recall without cost to consumers.
The NHTSA monitors each safety recall to ensure the manufacturers provide owners safe, free, and effective remedies in accordance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 as well as other federal regulations. The NHTSA also releases monthly lists of motor vehicle safety recalls. These lists identify the make and model of the vehicle or equipment involved, with a brief description of the safety problem. The NHTSA publicizes the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems, and encourages them to take action.
For information on the recall history of a particular make and model motorcycle call the NHTSA’s toll-free Auto Safety Hotline, 1-888-327-4236 or http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov. The Hotline also can be used to report safety problems or concerns you might have about the safety of a motor vehicle or equipment related to the operation of a vehicle.
Until next time, ride safe!
Teresa “Trauma Mama” McClelland
MSN, RN, ABATE of Arizona Safety Officer