Honda Recalls 126,000 GL-1800 Bikes for Faulty Brakes

Owners of certain Honda motorcycles are being alerted to a new recall by American Honda Motor Co. Inc. due to a rear brake problem that could potentially lead to a crash or fire hazard, but unfortunately the car company has not figured out how to fix the issue.

“The rear brakes of the affected motorcycles may drag after the brakes are released,” the NHTSA report said. “A Rear brake that drags may increase the risk of a vehicle crash … extended riding with the rear brake dragging could generate enough heat to result in fire.”

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced the Honda recall this week for owners of some 126,000  Honda GL 1800 motorcycles manufactured in the years 2001 to 2010 and 2012 and Honda GL 1800A bikes made between 2001 and 2005.

The latest recall comes on the heels of a failed attempt to remedy the same defect in a December 2011 recall that was prompted by complaints by 26 bike owners. There were two fires reported due to the brake issue.  Honda attempted to fix those bikes, but soon after owners declared the remedy a failure. Since then, Honda has had another 533 complaints about the dragging brake issue.

“Riding a motorcycle is inherently risky, but riding one with a defect such as this one is even more so,” said Attorney James Johnson. “It’s important that riders are aware of this problem and it’s possible they may have grounds for a lemon lawsuit due to the safety threat involved here.”

Honda intends to notify owners of these motorcycles when the remedy has been determined, but so far there has been no way to correct the issue.

Honda customer service can be reached at 1-866-784-1870.

If you have questions about how to proceed with a California Lemon Law claim, contact Johnson Attorneys Group for a free consultation and case evaluation at 800-235-6801.

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