The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued another recall for the 2008 Zap Xebra. NHTSA issued a recall in 2009 to fix a problem with the brakes. The problem has not been fixed, NHTSA says, causing the agency to recall the motorcycle a second time.
NHTSA claims that the motorcycle’s braking distance is too long, increasing the risk of motorcycle accidents. The Zap Xebra allegedly cannot stop within 54 feet while traveling at 30 mph. The recall affects 627 motorcycles built in 2008.
The Zap Xebra does not look like a typical motorcycle. Instead, it bears a closer resemblance to a small, three-wheeled car. Due its size, speed and number of wheels, officials classify it as a motorcycle. It has a top speed of 40 mph, making it ideal for getting around in gated communities or states with lax minimum speed laws.
Chinese manufacturer Qingdi Group Motorcycle Co, LTD, manufactures the motorcycle, and ZAP USA acts as distributor.
Brakes are a very important factor in avoiding motorcycle accidents. Many accidents happen because the motorcyclist cannot come to a complete stop in time, or because sudden braking can cause the rider to lose balance and fall over. NHTSA made the right decision in recalling the vehicle to comply with safety standards.
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