San Francisco Bay Area Motorcycle Recall Attorney Lawyer

San Francisco | Oakland | San Rafael | San Jose CA

Contingency Fees negotiated on every case.
In San Francisco: 415-788-3900 or Toll-Free: 866-288-6010 and In the East Bay: 510-663-6000

One of the most common vehicle defect issues faced by the public is that of safety recalls of motor vehicles, including motorcycles. Safety recalls are usually instigated by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the vehicle manufacturers themselves, in response to a discovered defect in a vehicle or a component of a vehicle. Thus, it is important to understand the procedure that is followed in vehicle recalls, and the respective responsibilities of those involved.

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and your motorcycle was recalled, you should seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney to determine the impact of the recall on your case.

Manufacturers’ Duties and the NHTSA

Whether a safety recall is conducted by the vehicle manufacturer, or is ordered by the NHTSA, the manufacturer must file a public report describing:

  • 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.

Motor vehicle manufacturers have a duty to attempt to notify owners of recalled vehicles or vehicle equipment. For vehicle recalls, this means that manufacturers merge their own records of vehicle purchasers with current state vehicle registration information. For equipment recalls, in situations where state registration records do not exist, manufacturers are obligated to notify their distribution chain and known purchasers of the recalled equipment. Importantly, even if you do not receive a notification of a recall, if your motorcycle, or other item of equipment, is the subject of a safety recall, the manufacturer is obligated to provide a free remedy.

Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) monitors each safety recall to ensure the manufacturers provide owners safe, free, and effective remedies according to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, and 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. However, the agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule any necessary repair work. This is because not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.

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Obtaining Recall Information

Consumers can get up-to-the-minute information on safety recall campaigns, or information on the recall history of a particular make and model of car, truck, motorcycle, or child safety seat, by calling the NHTSA’s toll-free Auto Safety Hotline, 1-888-326-4236, or by accessing NHTSA on the Internet at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov. The Hotline also can be used to report safety problems.

Conclusion

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and your motorcycle was recalled, you should seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney to determine the impact of the recall on your case.

If you have any questions about the information provided above or if you have lost a loved one or were injured in a motorcycle accident, please schedule a free consultation by calling us toll free at 1-866-288-6010 or, if you prefer, filling out our intake form and having us contact you.

Contingency Fees Negotiated On Every Case.

At Weber and Nierenberg we understand your anxiety about getting all of your medical bills paid, loss of earnings reimbursed, compensation for pain, suffering or the loss of a loved one and the costs of high quality legal representation. We provide an initial evaluation of your claim at no charge to you. If you decide to retain us we will negotiate a contingency fee with you that you are comfortable with so that you will not pay any attorney fees or costs unless we get you compensation for your losses.

Our lawyers can protect your interests after a serious accident, including a motorcycle or auto accident, that resulted in serious injury. With offices throughout northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, San Rafael, Oakland and San Jose, we represent clients throughout the communities in and around the East Bay, North Bay and South Bay, including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Napa, Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Berkeley, Richmond, Fremont, Hayward, Modesto, Stockton, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Walnut Creek.


 
 
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1 Sansome Street, Suite 3500 San Francisco, CA 94104
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P. 415-788-3900

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P. 510-663-6000