Since motorcycles were introduced in the United States in the late 19th century, the demand for them has risen dramatically. As many Americans, including Floridians, enjoy riding motorcycles as much as other motor vehicles, the number of enthusiasts has rapidly increased as well. For businesses such as motorcycle manufacturers, more demand means more profit. With increased production, however, comes the probability that parts will be defective and lead to more accidents.
When product safety is compromised, as it sometimes is with defective motorcycles or their parts, riders are at risk of suffering catastrophic injuries in motorcycle accidents. Among the most common motorcycle defects are failing brake pads, broken wheel rims, overheating engines and leaking fuel tanks. According to one consumer watchdog organization, there have been almost 50 incidents of motorcycle recalls in 2012, the last year for which complete data were available. The recalls from nine manufacturers included faulty brake pads, engine failures and defective tires.