Cincinnati Product Liability Lawyer Investigating Vespa recalls and road accidents related to defective scooters
The increasing popularity of Vespas and other scooters in the United States has been a boon for certain manufacturers like Piaggio, though the company has initiated several Vespa recalls for faulty components and manufacturing defects. Piaggio has issued over 15 recalls in recent years for defective scooters or unsafe design, including recalls for the following:
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some defective scooters, including those included in Vespa recalls, can stall while on the road because of a defective fuel pump. At least one driver stated in a complaint that the engine of his scooter stopped during operation on a road. Another complaint regarding the scooter defects include faulty ignitions and engines that fail to start—an issue that the manufacturer said is a problem with the fuel pump. The inner pump housing is reportedly insufficient due to the impeller swelling. No warning for this issue was issued to consumers, and the abruptness of scooter malfunctions may increase the risk of an accident and resulting injury.
Common injuries sustained in scooter accidents can include severe road rash, orthopedic trauma, head and neck injuries, and death.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Catastrophic injury lawyer and Ohio product liability attorney. After a serious scooter accident related to Piaggio or Vespa recalls, victims should contact a legal professional to investigate the cause.
Many scooter accidents are caused by driver negligence, poor road conditions, driver fatigue, drunk driving, or scooter defects that affect the proper operation of a vehicle. Most scooter accidents involving another vehicle occur at intersections, ignoring right of ways for scooters and reckless lane changes. Even minor collisions can lead to severe road injuries to those driving scooters, which makes road safety imperative. Drivers of scooters and motorcycles are much more likely to be injured or killed in an accident than motorists in an automobile or truck.
Vespa recalls have highlighted the safety concerns for road experts, though motor vehicle defects are not a new phenomenon. Motorcycle defects, in fact, are more common than motorists may think. In 2016, the NHTSA investigated brake failure on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, which lead to more than 400,000 motorcycles recalled, in addition to another Harley recall for clutch lever defects. BMW also recalled more than a thousand motorcycles because of software problems in the engine control, and 40,000 more motorcycles for defective flanges on the rear wheels.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a scooter accident in Ohio, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding Vespa recalls.