In a news release, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in conjunction with KTM North America, a motorcycle manufacturer, announced the voluntary recall of their off-road motorcycles because of potential fall and crash hazards related to the vehicles.
This recall affects approximately 6,117 off-road motorcycles with engine sizes ranging between 150cc and 530cc. The recall affects all 2011 KTM and Husaberg off-road/competition motorcycles. The Husaberg motorcycles involved in this recall are blue, yellow and white and have the model name and Husaberg logo printed on the right and left shrouds. The bikes were sold through authorized KTM and Husaberg dealerships nationwide from April 2010 to May 2011.
The reason behind this recall is that the motorcycle handle bar clamp could potentially develop a crack during the normal use of the motorcycle. This can lead to the handlebars moving out of their set position, and potentially in the loss of control over the bike. This poses a fall or crash hazard to the rider.
KTM has gotten one report of a rider that was hospitalized from injuries they suffered in an accident after the handlebar clamps cracked and failed to secure the bars.
As a San Jose personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen recalls of this kind in the past and understand the potential lethality of this hazard. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective auto part, speak with a personal injury lawyer in your city to learn about the legal options open to you.