Feds, State Regulators Launch 'Unsafe' Motorcycles Probe
Did the nation’s largest Honda power sports dealership sell unsafe motorcycles, dirt bikes, and all-terrain vehicles to its customers?
Federal and state authorities have launched an investigation into allegations that almost 25,000 new motorcycles, ATVs, and dirt bikes were assembled unsafely by Southern Honda Powersports in 2010, reports USA Today. If true, thousands of people may be riding unsafe recreational vehicles.
A former Southern Honda marketing consultant told the newspaper that despite two warnings he made to federal regulators about the potential problems at the dealership -- five years ago and in 2010 -- they failed to follow up.
The consultant and several former employees also alleged that the dealership illegally sold thousands of new vehicles that were under safety recall by the federal government, writes USA Today. From 2004 to 2010, thousands of vehicles under recall allegedly were sold by the dealership without addressing the problems that needed to be fixed.
Southern Honda denies the allegations and says safety is a company priority.
These allegations highlight the inability of federal safety regulators to guarantee highway and product safety.