Motorcycle manufacturer Piaggio Group Americas has issued a recall notice for some models of its Moto Guzzi motorcycles due to a suspension problem that could increase the risk of an accident. According to a press release issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “if the rear suspension links fail while riding, the rear suspension would suddenly collapse, increasing the risk of a crash.”
The following 2012-2013 Moto Guzzi models were affected by the recall:
- Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX 1200 models made between February 2012 and April 2013
- Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 models made between January 2012 and March 2013
- Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 models made between January 2012 and April 2013
Piaggio says that it will notify owners of one of the recalled motorcycles about the problem and offer to replace the rear suspension connecting links for free. Motorcycle owners with questions about the Moto Guzzi recall can contact Piaggio at 1-877-696-6864.
Heygood, Orr & Pearson and Motorcycle Accidents
According to statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board, motorcycle accidents are one of the leading causes of vehicular fatalities in the U.S. Although motorcycles represent just 3% of vehicles on the road, accidents involving motorcycle riders are responsible for 13% of highway deaths each year. The number of motorcycle deaths has been on the risk over recent decades, rising from 2,116 deaths in 1997 to an alarming 4,462 deaths in 2009. On average, 12 motorcyclists are killed on U.S. roads every day.
The dangers of motorcycle accidents underscore the importance that these vehicles are manufactured to the highest possible safety standards. When motorcycles are not designed and constructed with the safest technology that is available to their manufacturers, the lives of motorcyclists who use these vehicles may be at risk.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, it is possible that your injuries were caused by defects with the design or manufacturing of the vehicle. When motorcycle defects result in an accident that causes injury to the rider, the company that manufactured the motorcycle may be at fault.
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