Federal Regulators Issue Fine Against Southern Honda Powersports

1_southernpowersportsThe largest powersports dealer in the nation, Southern Honda Powersports in Chattanooga Tennessee was fined $125,000 to settle allegations that it knowingly sold motorcycles that had been recalled but not repaired.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began a probe of the dealership after USA Today story about the practice.   USA Today said it received information from Ernest Vickers III, a former marketing consultant, hired by SHP, who alledged the dealer sold hundreds, perhaps thousands of motorcycles, ATV’s and dirt bikes that were under recall without first fixing the defective items.

In October,  American Honda said in a statement that it “always has complied with all applicable regulations issued by NHTSA and the CPSC (Consumer Protection Safety Commission), including those related to product safety defects and the conduct of safety recalls.”  Southern Honda’s owner, Tim Kelly called Vickers allegations “utter balderdash” and told USA TODAY that  ”some bikes were delivered” before recall work was performed but that customers were notified and their vehicles were repaired.

NHTSA said it’s investigation found that at least 329 motorcycles were sold between 2007 and 2012 that were not inspected or had their recall defects repaired before customers took delivery.  No injuries or deaths involving those motorcycles have been reported.

The total fine amounts to less than $400 per identified vehicle.

Vickers claims that 25,000 vehicles were assembled unsafely during his 3 year tenure with the dealership.   The NHTSA announcement did not mention or address those claims.

Goldwing Replacement Tires Recalled

Continental Tire is recalling certain ContiMotion motorcycle tires, size 180/60R16 M/C 74H produced from December 19, 2010, through September 24, 2011. The tires were sold as replacement equipment for Honda GoldWing 1800 motorcycles. Some of these tires may experience uneven wear, groove cracking, and belt lift. This could result in a loss of inflation pressure.  If pressure loss occurs while riding the motorcycle operator could lose control resulting in a fatal crash.

Continental Tire will notify owners and reimburse customers for the affected tires. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Continental Tire customer service toll-free at 1-888-799-2168.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov

Report Receipt Date: JAN 23, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13T001000
Component(s): TIRES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,317

Largest Honda Dealer in the US Under Investigation

Southern Honda Powersports, the largest Honda dealer with locations in Tennessee and Florida is under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),  the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nashville and the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office for allegedly selling unsafe motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes, according to a report out today in USA Today.    The report says a consultant and former employee, along with 9 other employees all say the dealership sold bikes that were under recall, (without fixing them first) and employees did not have the training to assemble the ATV’s and motorcycles the dealer sold to the public.

The reports says  that there are potentially 25,000 vehicles that are in customers possessions that are potentially unsafe.

The owner, Tim Kelly, says there “is no substance” to the’ allegations, and says alleged assembly problems are “utter balderdash.”

Read the USA Today story here

Honda Recalls 126,000 Gold Wings

Honda is recalling over 100,000 Goldwings due to a potential rear brake problem

HONDA is recalling 2001-2010 and 2012 GL1800 GoldWing motorcycle because of a brake problem.  Information released under Honda’s recall # S03 and NHTSA recall Number: 11V567000 indicates there is a possibility under the right conditions that the combined braking system’s secondary master cylinder may cause the rear brake to drag.

Unexpected braking increases the risk of a crash and riding the motorcycle with the rear brake dragging may generate enough heat to cause the rear brake to catch fire, creating a dangerous and potential fatal situation.  Honda will notify owners of these bikes and inspect the secondary master cylinder and replace it free of charge if necessary.  The recall will begin January 4, 2012, but owners can contact Honda customer service at 866-784-1870, or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety hotline at 888-327-4236


Kawasaki Recalls 2011 ZX1000 Wiring

Vehicle Make/Model:                                         Model Year(s):

Kawasaki / ZX1000JBFL                               2011
Kawasaki / ZX1000JBL                                 2011
Kawasaki / ZX1000KBFL                              2011
Kawasaki / ZX1000KBL                                 2011

Manufacturer: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

Mfr’s  Report Date: July 07, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V363000

Component: Electrical System:Wiring

Summary: Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2011 Ninja ZX-10R/ZX-10R ABS (ZX1000JBF/KBF/KBFL) motorcycles. It is possible for a portion of the wiring harness to become pinched between the rear subframe and the bolt holding the seat cover. This can damage the harness and wiring and result in a short between wires and the frame or within wires, which could result in the engine stopping suddenly.

Consequence: If the motorcycle stalls while being  ridden, there could be a crash resulting in injury or death.

Remedy: Dealers will repair the motorcycle as necessary, and reroute the main harness; free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Kawasaki consumer services department at 1-866-802-9381

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9152), or go to  HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV

 

 

American Motorcyclist Association Raises Questions About New Federal Transportation Bill

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is asking some pointed questions related to motorcycling priorities following a news conference by a powerful U.S. House committee chairman.

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, held a news conference on July 7 to roll out some of the priorities that he intends to include in his forthcoming proposed national transportation bill. If it is introduced, approved by the full Congress and signed into law by the president, the bill would guide federal transportation spending for the next six years.

Mica’s proposal would spend only $230 billion, far less than the $566 billion sought by President Obama’s administration.

In a letter to Mica dated July 11, AMA Washington Representative Rick Podliska outlined the AMA’s position on a variety of issues crucial to motorcyclists and asked several questions in light of the proposed spending cuts.

For example, Podliska asked whether Mica’s proposal would: bar states from using federal funds for motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints; continue to prohibit lobbying at the state level by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); continue to designate funds for motorcycle rider education and awareness programs; and continue the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) which uses a modest amount of the revenue collected from fuel taxes paid by off-highway riders to help pay for state trail projects.

AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman has previously stated that abolishing the RTP program would effectively create a tax increase on off-highway riders (OHV) because the RTP funds would no longer be designated for a program that benefits motorized users.

Podliska also noted that Mica, during his news conference, discussed “performance measures” as a way to improve state highway safety efforts. Podliska asked whether performance measures would be applied to states with high motorcycle crash rates so that those states would be required to spend more federal funding to reduce the number of crashes.

In addition, Podliska wrote that Mica appeared to be pushing for more public-private partnerships. Podliska asked whether Mica’s proposals would, for example, require private companies operating public roads to continue to allow motorcycles to use those roads.

To read the letter, click here:http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Libraries/Rights_Documents_Federal/7_11_11_Chairman_Mica_MC_Priorities_Letter.sflb.ashx?download=true

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Yamaha Recalls 2011 FJR1300 Brake Switch

 

Vehicle Make / Model: Yamaha / FJR1300      Model Year(s): 2011

Manufacture: Yamaha Motor Corp., USA           Mfr’s Report Date: June 24, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V340000      NHTSA Action Nmber: N/A

Component: Exterior Lighting: Brake Lights:Switch

Potential Number of Units Affected:260

Summary:
Yamaha is recalling certain model year 201 FJR1300 motorcycles manufacuted from Jan. 2011 through April 2011. The brake light may not illuminate when the front brake lever is applied because the activating mechanism in the front brake switch can bind.

Consequence:
When th motorcycle operator applies only the brake, the brake light may not come on to alert other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Yamaha dealers will install a new front brake switch free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during July 2011. Owners may contact Yamaha at 1-800-962-7926

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9152), or go to  HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV

 

Polaris Recalls Indian Headlight Switch 09-2011

Vehicle Make / Model: Indian / Indian                    Model Year(s): 2009-2011

Manufacture: Indian Motorcycle Company            Mfr’s Report Date: June 24,                                                                                                            2011

NHTSA Campaign Number: 11V343000                  NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: Exerior Lighting:Headlights:Switch

Potential Number of Units Affected: 699

Summary:
Polaris is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 Indian Motorcycles for the body control module (BCM) which can cause the headlight to turn off in some circumstances. If the headlight switch is slowly moved from one position to another (high beam to low beam or low to high beam), both beams may be on momentarily and the BCM interprets this as an overload condition..

Consequence:
The BCM turns off the headlight until the next time that the key is turned on. The unexpected loss of headlight function could impair a driver’s visability, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Dealers will replace the BCM free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during August 201. Owners may contact Polaris at 1-651-408-7579

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Safety Highway Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to  HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV

 

Polaris Recalls Indian Kickstand 09-2011

Vehicle Make / Model: Indian / Indian      Model Year(s): 2009-2011

Manufacture: Indian Motorcycle Company

Mfr’s Report Date: June 24, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11v344000       NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: Structure:Motorcycle Kickstand/Center Stand

Potential Number of Units Affected:699

Summary:
Polaris is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 Indian Motorcycles for failing to confirm to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 123 “Motorcycle controls and displays.” The side stand may not fold rearward an upward if it contacts the ground when the motorcycle is moving forward.

Consequence:
If the stand does not fold rearward and upward while the motorcycle moves forward, the driver’s ability to control the motorcyle could be affected, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Dealers will replace the side stand free of charge. The safety recall is expected to being during August 2011. Owners may contact Indian at 651-408-7579

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to  HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV

Kawasaki Recalls Fuel Tank Assembly Component

Vehicle Make /Model: Kawasaki/ KLX250                                                           Model Year(s): 2009-2010

Manufacture: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.                                                     Mfr’s Report Date: Jun 02, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V316000                                                         NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: Fuel System, Other: Storage:Tank Assembly:Mounting

Potential Number of Units Affected: 9,460

Summary:
Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 KLX250 Motorycles. The fuel tank could leak from cracks at the spot weld(s) on the side mount tabs die to stress caused by excessive clearence between the fuel tank and a frame-mounted rubber damper.

Consequence:
Fuel Leakage in the presence of spark or flame could cause a fire or explosion possibly resulting in injury or death.

Remedy:
Dealers will inspect and correct the fueltank as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during June 2011. Owners may contact Kawasaki Consumer Services Dept. @ 1-866-802-9381

Notes:
Kawasaki Safety recall No. MC11-04. Owners may also contact the National Highway Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline @ 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to  HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV