Baja Motorsports is voluntarily recalling a series of dirt bikes due to fire hazards caused by a possible fuel tank leakage.
The DR50 and DR70 Baja dirt bikes that this recall concerns were made in China and were sold at Pep Boys and other motorsport stores. 4,300 units fall under the purview of this recall. Each affected dirt bike will have a VIN that begins with L98, a B as its tenth digit, and a yellow dot or line near the VIN. They retailed from $450 to $650 and were available for purchase between December 2010 and January of this year.
This is actually a reissue of a recall that was announced last month. Baja felt the need to announce the recall once again because they received ten reports of an incident after the initial recall announcement was made. Of those ten reports, two people suffered a burn injury, adding up to a total of 16 leaked fuel incidents.
These bikes should stop being used at once. Baja Motorsports is offering free repairs for them, and consumers are being advised to contact them at once.
As a personal injury lawyer in San Bernardino, I remember reading about this recall the first time it was issued. It saddens me that the information didn’t get out to all affected consumers the first time. This is the reason that I take it upon myself as a Long Beach personal injury attorney to spread the word about recalls.