Ducati North America has announced a voluntary recall of more than 280 units of various models of its motorcycles, at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, due to the potential for brake failure. 848 EVO, Hypermotard, Monster 1100 EVO, Monster 796, Multistrada 1200 ABS, and Streetfighter 848 motorcycles may have been equipped with improperly manufactured rear brake pads. All motorcycles affected by this recall were distributed in model year 2012. Due to a defective construction the friction material may become detached from the backing plate of the rear brake pads, potentially increasing the risk of an accident due to brake failure or longer than expected stopping distance. Consumers seeking more information about this recall can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline and reference campaign identification number 12V188000. Ducati has not yet made public its plan for informing owner of affected motorcycles of this potential safety issue, but the manufacturer plans to direct consumers to authorized dealerships, where the brake pads will be inspected for durability and replaced if necessary at no cost to the owners.
As a personal injury attorney in Long Beach, I am hopeful this recall can be carried out safely and effective in order to prevent any injuries that might result from this potential defect. If you or someone you love has been harmed by a recalled vehicle, please consider contacting a car accident lawyer in Long Beach.