Tennessee Could Include Motorcycles Under the Lemon Law

February 25, 2010 – 2:59 pm

The Tennessee Senate approved a proposal today to include motorcycles under the Tennessee Lemon Law with a unanimous vote of 29-0. The measure, SB2649, is sponsored by Republican Sen. Tim Burchett of Knoxville and is excellent news for Tennessee consumers with motorcycle problems.

SB2649 and it’s companion measure, HB2551, sponsored by Republican Rep. Vince Dean of East Ridge would give owners of new motorcycles the same rights as those who have cars and trucks that don’t perform properly.

In Dean’s words, “On a car, a bent frame may just make it wobble or something. But on a motorcycle a bent frame can cause an accident very easily.”

You can read HB2551 by clicking here and SB2649 by clicking here.

BMW Recalls F650 GS and F800 GS Model Motorcycles

January 7, 2010 – 9:04 am

BMW is recalling model year 2008 through 2010 F650 GS and F800 GS motorcycles because of an problem where the engine stalls out during operation, potentially resulting in a crash.

When the engine is running, a vacuum is created to draw fresh air into the canister that mixes with the fuel vapors captured by the canister and combusted. Due to the routing of the ventilation hose, water could be drawn into the canister as well, causing the engine to stall.

If you are affected by this recall, you should take your motorcycle to the nearest BMW dealer who will install a new hose and route it differently so this does problem no longer occurs.

If you think your new or used motorcycle is defective or are experiencing major problems in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Michigan, Tennesee or Maryland, please contact Kimmel & Silverman at 1-800-LEMON LAW or through our website’s contact us page.

BMW F650 GS Motorcycle

BMW F650 GS Motorcycle

BMW Recalls over 2000 K1300 Series Sports Tourers

December 18, 2009 – 10:01 am

BMW USA have released a statement saying poor fuel quality may result in small deposits in the bike’s throttle bodies, which in turn can cause engine problems at low revs. The problem can cause the motor to stutter or stall. It’s reported the problem was discovered during quality control procedures.

The recall notice affects 936 K1300S motorcycles produced between September 11, 2008 and October 13, 2009, and 1,083 K1300GT models produced between Oct. 17, 2008 and Nov. 19, 2009. The recall only affects USA models and not UK models.

BMW issued a recall on these K1300 Series motorcycles.

BMW issued a recall on these K1300 Series motorcycles.

Motorcycle Recalls from Harley Davidson and Subaru

December 17, 2009 – 9:07 am

Harley Davidson informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) www.nhtsa.gov that the company discovered a defect that could affect 111,600 motorcycles which are being recalled for consumers safety, announced the New York Times, December 11, 2009.

Harley-Davidson recalled the 2009-10 Touring, CVO and Trike motorcycles due to a hazard in which the fuel tanks may leak after a severe crash and could cause “fire, injuries, or fatalities.”

Subaru has also recalled 5,700 of its 2002-03 Impreza WRX models due to a potential fuel leak hazard that could cause a fire under “extremely cold temperatures” according to a safety organization. Subaru had received 944 complaints from consumers who reported a fuel leak or the smell of gas. There was also one report of a fire.

The Subaru company sent out a letter to the agency reporting that the vehicles “do not contain a safety related defect within the meaning of federal motor safety law.” The company said that it recalled the vehicles only to relieve the owners and NHTSA of its concerns.

The safety agency permitted the recall to affect only the cold weather states such as: New York, South Dakota, Nebraska, Maine, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Colorado, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Michigan, Alaska, and Vermont.

If owners in any of the other states notice the smell of gasoline, they are advised to take the motorcycle to a dealer for the recall.

Zero Motorcycles Recall Due to Crash Hazard

October 19, 2009 – 9:02 am

Zero Motorcycles Inc. has issued a recall on model year 2009 Zero X and Zero MX Electric Off-road Motorcycles. The throttle on the recalled motorcycles can become stuck in the open position or become disconnected. In the “Easy” or the “0-25” mode, this can lead to full power when turning the cycle on, resulting in a loss of control and serious injury to the rider. Zero Motorcycles has received three reports of unexpected acceleration, including one report of minor injuries. The recalled motorcycles are white, with the Zero name and logo printed on the battery.

The Zero Motorcycles affected were sold by dealers nationwide from December 2008 through August 2009. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled motorcycles and contact Zero Motorcycles to schedule a free repair. Registered owners of the affected motorcycles have been mailed a direct notice.

For additional information, contact Zero Motorcycles toll-free at (888) 786-9376 or (888) RUN-ZERO between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.zeromotorcycles.com.

If you think your new or used motorcycle is defective or are experiencing major problems in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire or Maryland, please contact Kimmel & Silverman at 1-800-LEMON LAW or through our website’s contact us page.

Ducati Recalls 2010 Streetfighter Motorcycles

September 28, 2009 – 10:26 am

Ducati is recalling F1098S Streetfighter Motorcycles, model year 2010, where there is a problem with the Electronic Control Unit Ground Screw. Some may have been improperly tightened during production which can cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Concerned drivers can contact their Ducati dealer who should fix it free of charge, beginning in October. Here is the recall information from NHTSA:

2010 F1098S Streetfighter Motorcycles Recall Information

If you think your new or used motorcycle is defective or are experiencing major problems in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire or Maryland, please contact Kimmel & Silverman at 1-800-LEMON LAW or through our website’s contact us page.

Motorcycle Recalls by Make and Model

September 21, 2009 – 9:18 am

When a new or used motorcycle has problems or has defective parts that pose a danger to consumers, it may be recalled by the manufacturers and officially announced by the NHTSA or other government agencies. NHTSA provides a service for consumers where you can search by make and model:

Motorcycle Recall Search

Here is another resource that allows you to see recent recalls by make and model on all motorcycles:

Motorcycle Recalls by Make and Model.

If you feel that your new or used motorcycle is defective or is causing major problems, drop us a line to discuss your problems. Not all states cover motorcycles under the lemon law, but that does not mean we can’t help. As long as the motorcycle has been in for repair under manufacturers warranty three times for the same problem or four times for the same problem in Maryland, we can file a claim under the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act.

Bottom line: If you have a manufacturers warranty and have been in the shop repeated times for the same problem, chances are we can help. Please feel free to get in touch with us any time to discuss how we can provide free legal representation in your particular situation.