Motorcycle manufacturer Polaris took steps recently to stop sales of its 2015 model year “Slingshot,” a three-wheeled motorcycle, and to recall those that have already been sold. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also issued a recall.
Experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident attorneys follow recall news closely, aware of the risks that a hidden defect can pose to motorcycle riders. In many cases, riders do not know their bike has a problem until a crash or other severe injury has already occurred. This makes recall news vital to the safety of motorcyclists nationwide.
The recall focuses on problems in the upper pinion bearing in the steering rack assembly. If the bearing disengages, the rider may lose control of the motorcycle, according to the NHTSA press release.
Polaris and the NHTSA advise owners of a Polaris Slingshot or Slingshot SL to stop using it immediately and to bring their vehicle to a local dealership, where the steering rack assembly will be replaced free of charge. Polaris estimates that approximately 1,900 of the vehicles have been sold. The recall affects units sold between August 18, 2014 and January 10, 2015.
Owners can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Association Vehicle Safety Hotline for more information by calling 1-888-327-4236 toll-free. Information can also be found online at SaferCar.gov. Polaris has also made information available to consumers through its customer service line, which can be reached at 1-855-863-2284, according to the NHTSA press release.
New Jersey motorcyclists often ride less in the winter, but proper vehicle maintenance, storage, and prompt response to recall notices is crucial during this season to keep your bike in good working order and reduce the risk of injury when it’s time to hit the road again.