In conjunction with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), BMW of North America, LLC has issued a recall of 2,475 of its K1600 motorcycles. Reports indicate that throttle valve control issues can lead to the vehicles stalling, posing a serious risk for riders.
Both the K1600 GT and K1600 GTL motorcycles from the 2012 model year are affected by this recall. The NHTSA reports that under certain riding conditions, the engine control unit may be given an incorrect signal by the throttle control valve. This will limit the maximum speed that the engine can reach, potentially stalling out the engine in the middle of riding. If this occurs, a motorcyclist is in danger of losing control of the vehicle.
The K1600 recall began in early December 2013, during which time BMW commenced notifying owners. Dealers will update the throttle control software for free in order to prevent incorrect signals.
Owners can contact BMW at (800) 525-7417 for more information on this recall.
Since motorcycles rely on stability, precision, and smooth running in order to be operated safely, a defect can easily lead to a serious accident. In the event of a serious crash caused by defects, victims have the right to seek compensation for medical bills, financial losses, disabilities affecting work, and more from the designers, manufacturers and distributors which created the dangerous motorcycle and made it available to the public.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a defective motorcycle crash in New Jersey, contact the attorneys at Blume Forte by calling (973) 635-5400 and receive a no-cost consultation. The information you gain will help you understand your rights and help you determine if you have a potential claim.