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Manufacturers are responsible for more than auto defects

Companies manufacture more than just car, trucks and SUVs -- or their parts -- that turn out to have problems. Auto defects tend to make the news far more often, but motorcycle manufacturers also make mistakes that lead to dangerous defects. All motor vehicle manufactures have a duty to issue a public report regarding a defect and to notify the appropriate parties, including vehicle owners, whether they are here in Pennsylvania or elsewhere.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and vehicle manufacturers ordinarily initiate recalls. A public notice must be disseminated indicating the nature of the defect, the vehicles and population affected and what event caused the need for the recall, along with how the defect will be remedied and a schedule for the recall. Manufacturers are required to make every effort to notify those affected by the recall.

Whether an individual receives a recall notice personally or not, the manufacturer must fix the problem free of charge. The problem is that a recall might not be issued in time to prevent injuries or deaths. In the alternative, the news of a recall might not reach consumers quickly enough to prevent a tragedy from happening. People lose their lives in crashes caused by defects far too often.

If a Pennsylvania resident became the victim of a crash involving motorcycle or auto defects, several parties could be liable for any injuries suffered. If a family member is lost under similar circumstances, the same could be true. An investigation into the accident should reveal the factors that led to it. The receipt of restitution might be possible through the filing of either a personal injury or wrongful death claim, as appropriate. 

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Defects and Recalls", Jan. 22, 2017

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