When a company has manufactured a defective car or motorcycle, either the manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will order a recall. After issuing the recall, the manufacturer is responsible for contacting people who bought the product and making sure their customers hear about the recall.
Southern Honda, a major Honda dealership and manufacturer in Chattanooga, Tennessee, may have sold defective motorcycles, dirt bikes and ATVs. Some Honda representatives say that NHTSA and other government agencies failed to act on safety concerns and allowed the company to continue manufacturing dangerous products.
Ernest Vickers III, a former marketing consultant for the dealership, said that Honda and regulatory agencies ignored his concerns.
“It’s incomprehensible that American Honda, NHTSA, CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) and other federal and state agencies I contacted during my past five years didn’t act, because the safety of many consumers who bought vehicles [were] endangered,” Vickers said. “Now that the agencies are investigating, every vehicle that Southern Honda every sold should be recalled to ensure it is safe.”
Former assembly line workers assert that workers frequently ignored proper protocol and falsified documents. One worker, David Ray Taylor, said that he signed off on many safety checklists for motorcycles even though he says he “never built a motorcycle in my life.” A former general manager said that at least 1,000 recalled motorcycles, ATVs and dirt bikes were sold without being fixed between 2007 and 2010.
A letter from the CPSC alleges that the company “sold recalled ATVs without the required recall repairs being made.”
Representatives from American Honda say that Vickers had a “personal vendetta” against the company, and that Honda has addressed safety concerns and adhered to regulations.
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