NHTSA Fines Triumph Motorcycles $2.9 Million
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release regarding the $2.9 million fine facing Triumph Motorcycles. According to the press release, Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. And Triumph Motorcycles (America) Ltd. violated Safety Act reporting requirements and failed to fully respond to communications from the NHTSA. In addition to the fines, Triumph will also have to satisfy a variety of safety compliance requirements.
2014 Triumph Motorcycle Recall
The fines are in connection with the 2014 recall of more than 1,300 Triumph motorcycles. The defect involved reduced steering capabilities and an increased risk for potentially injury-causing or fatal crashes. In addition to a variety of other safety violations, Triumph was found to have violated the requirement to report the defect in a timely manner. During the NHTSA’s investigation, Triumph was late in providing quarterly reports on safety recalls and failed to respond to the required Special Order deadline.
$2.9 Million in Civil Penalties
At this time, Triumph is facing a $1.4 million cash penalty, and must spend at least $500,000 meeting a series of requirements to improve current safety practices. An additional $1 million could be due if they violate the consent order or if any additional Safety Act violations are uncovered. Triumph will also have to hire an independent consultant to audit their safety practices. In addition to submitting written plans for compliance practices and employee training, they will also be required to establish a compliance officer position, with direct access to senior executives and board members.
Motorcycle Accidents in San Diego
After seeing record numbers of automobile recalls last year, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the motorcycle manufacturing industry has its share of problems too. Whether it was the fault of a defective part or a distracted driver, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident.