American Honda Motor Company has recalled about 13,000 off-road competition motorcycles for a defective weld on the right side of the swing arm, according to this news report on Consumeraffairs.com. This flaw could cause the rider to lose control of the motorcycle. These defective vehicles pose a risk of serious injury or death to riders. So far, Honda has received two reports of the swing arms cracking. Company officials say no injuries or deaths have been reported yet.

This product recall apparently involves model year 2007-2008 Honda CRF150/RB motocross competition motorcycles. These vehicles were manufactured in Japan and sold by Honda motorcycle dealers nationwide from September 2006 through October 2008 for between $4,300 and $4,400. Consumers who own one of these defective vehicles are asked to stop using them immediately and contact any Honda dealer to schedule a free repair. Registered owners of these recalled motorcycles can soon expect a direct recall notice in the mail. Those who want more information are asked to call Honda toll-free at 866-784-1870 or visit the company’s Web site at www.powersports.honda.com.

This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has also issued a safety alert about this product recall. Apparently, this is not the first time these vehicles have been recalled. In 2000, 22,000 of these off-road motorcycles were recalled for defective bolts in the handlebars that could break, causing the rider to lose steering control. In that recall, Honda had received four reports of loose handlebars caused by one of the two bolts failing.

It is indeed fortunate that no one suffered catastrophic or fatal injuries as a result of this serious product defect. If you or someone you know has suffered a serious injury because of this particular defective product or other product defects, you would be well-advised to contact a nationally renowned product defect law firm to find out how you can pursue your legal rights. The best auto product defect attorneys will offer a free consultation.