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Honda Recalls Gold Wing Touring Motorcycle Because of Brake Drag Risk

December 27, 2014

Honda has announced a recall of 126,000 Gold Wing touring motorcycles, which constitute one of the manufacturer’s most popular motorcycles.  The recall notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identifies the cause of the recall as a problem with the secondary master cylinder.  The defect may cause rear brake drag after the brake has been released by a rider.  According to the recall notice, unanticipated partial braking can increase the risk of a motorcycle accident and pose a risk of fire.

This recall mirrors an earlier recall by Honda in December 2011 covering model 11V-567, which also was based on rear brake drag.  The new recall applies to models GL1800 from 2001-2010, 2012 and GL1800A from 2001-2005.  The notice provided to the NHTSA indicates that owners of the recalled motorcycles will receive a letter that provides instruction on conducting pre-trip and post-trip bike inspections.  If an inspection reveals that the defect exists, the motorcycle owner can take the bike to the dealer to have the bike inspected by the service department.  After Honda has identified an undated repair for this issue, Gold Wing owners with bikes covered by the recall will receive a second letter indicating that replacement parts or a repair has been identified.

Motorcycle riders are inherently more vulnerable to severe injury or fatality than occupants of sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs.  Motorcycles lack the protections provided by metal frame enclosures, air bags and seat belts.  This lack of safety features combined with the limited stability of two-wheeled vehicles places a premium on vehicle maintenance.  Although motorcycles require less maintenance than years ago, riders still should routinely especially check the brakes, chain, oil, battery, tire pressure, sprocket and fuel. 

When a defective motorcycle component plays a role in causing an Atlanta motorcycle crash or increases the severity of injury, the vehicle or component manufacturer, distributor or retailer might be liable for hospital bills, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other forms of damages.  When taking on multi-national corporations like Honda that manufacture motor vehicles, you need attorneys with extensive experience and substantial litigation resources in your corner.  Montlick and Associates has been representing personal injury victims for more than three decades against manufacturers of defective products.

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If you or someone close to you is injured because your motorcycle malfunctions, you may be entitled to financial compensation.  Our motorcycle accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast for over thirty years, including all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.  No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333).  You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat. 


Category: Personal Injury

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