Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Investigated for Possible Brake Failure
U.S. government regulators have launched an investigation into complaints from Harley-Davidson riders who say they motorcycle brakes failed without warning. According to a news report by The Associated Press, the probe covers about 43,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles with model years between 2008 and 2011. These vehicles have an anti-lock braking system, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.
The investigation was launched after riders reported that the brakes on the hand lever and foot pedal did not work. This brake failure caused one rider to crash into a garage door. NHTSA has so far received 43 complaints, three reports of crashes and two injuries. The agency said it is possible that some riders who experienced brake failure did not change the motorcycle’s brake fluid properly every two years as recommended by the motorcycle manufacturer. However, the agency added, that the sudden brake failure is a serious concern even if the brake fluid wasn’t changed as recommended. Harley-Davidson officials have said that they are aware of this investigation and are cooperating with NHTSA.
Brake Failure in Motorcycles
Brake failure in motorcycles can result in catastrophic injuries. Motorcyclists have very little protection to begin with on the roadways and are at the mercy of the elements. There are many reasons why motorcyclists have to come to a sudden stop. They often find themselves at the mercy of motorists who fail to properly yield the right of way at intersections.
A number of motorists fail to see motorcyclists before changing lanes. And very often, motorcyclists must deal with debris and slippery substances on roadways that can result in serious injuries. This is why motorcyclists count on their brakes to stay safe. As with these Harley-Davidson motorcycles, when both the hand lever and brake pedal fail suddenly and unexpectedly, the consequences could be devastating or even fatal.
If You Have Been Affected
If you own one of these motorcycles, it is important that you take it to a dealer or mechanic and get the vehicle thoroughly evaluated for potential brake issues. If there is a problem, it would be in your best interest to get the repairs done before taking the motorcycle on the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of these motorcycle brake defects, be sure to preserve the vehicle in its current condition so an expert can thoroughly examine it for defects, malfunctions and design flaws. Then, contact an experienced auto defect attorney who will conduct a thorough, independent analysis and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses. Only a very small percentage of auto defect law firms in the nation conduct their own private investigations of defective vehicles. Bisnar Chase is one of those law firms. We also don’t charge our clients any fees or costs until we actually recover compensation for them.