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What happens when a motorcycle is recalled for safety issues?

Problems with your motorcycle could land you in the hospital. What do you do when you find out that those issues were the result of a motorcycle's part having a defect? In many cases, especially when there's a recall, you could be compensated for the pain and suffering you've been though.

Safety recalls are normally released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the manufacturer of your vehicle. On the Internet, you can follow the manufacturer or NHTSA's websites to see if any new recalls have taken place. You can also check local vehicle manufacturers and retail outlets for recalls; they should be posted openly in an area where customers can see them.

When a safety recall takes place, it's important that the manufacturer makes the recall as publicly accessible as possible. The defect has to be described on the recall, including what makes it dangerous and why. The events leading to the recall should be listed and described, and the way you can remedy the situation should be discussed. For example, if your motorcycle will need a new fitting, that should be talked about in the public report as well as how you can be compensated for that new fitting. A schedule of the recall is also required on each report.

When your vehicle is part of a recall, it's the manufacturer's job to fix that issue at no cost to you under federal law. Each recall is monitored by the NHTSA, so if you are struggling to get compensation for the recall or want to be compensated for injuries caused by the defect, the NHTSA is a good place to start.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Defects and Recalls," accessed May. 28, 2015

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