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Motorcycle helmet recall leaves riders at risk

Motorcycles are one of the most convenient ways to travel the roads of California. Anyone who has seen a traffic jam on a Bay Area freeway has probably wished they were on a bike for it.

The dangers inherent in motorcycles, even stopped or at low speeds, make precautions necessary. The lack of driver and passenger protection on bikes makes even minor collisions a risk for injury, disability or even death.

The helmet is the most important part of a motorcycle driver’s or passenger’s protection. Any faults in the design or manufacture of helmets is of paramount importance for sellers to address.

A California-based motorcycle helmet manufacturer has been accused of failing to complete a recall of defective helmets. Nearly 62,000 helmets have been recalled since 2012 because they will not protect a motorcyclist’s head in a collision.

The specific defect is the likelihood that the helmet will not stay attached if a body stops at high speed. At least 48 people complained to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) that they received no refunds and the company has failed to respond.

The government’s own complaint relates to the company’s failure to issue quarterly reports relating to the recall’s progress. Therefore, some defective helmets may still be on the road.

Victims of motorcycle crashes and their families may be entitled to reimbursement for medical expenses and compensation for lost wages, funeral expenses and other related costs. Legal representation can help victims assess options in the unfortunate event of such a setback.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, “Helmet Company Accused of Failure to Finish Recalls,” Sep. 05, 2017