The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the U.S. Attorney’s office, and the state Attorney General of Tennessee have teamed up to investigate allegations that one of the U.S.’s largest Honda dealerships has sold motorcycles, dirt bikes, and all-terrain vehicles that are unsafe, according to a recent article in USA Today.
The investigations are based on allegations by former employees of the dealership, who say that thousands of Honda motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and dirt bikes were assembled in an unsafe way and then sold by the dealership between 2004 and 2007. If these allegations are true, officials estimate that as many as 25,000 purchasers could be riding unsafe vehicles – many without any clue that they are at risk.
Many of the vehicles involved in the investigation were under one or more recalls when they were sold or since their sales. Some had as many as ten recalls that applied to them, according to investigators.
The dealership claims that the allegations are unfounded. While they note that some bikes had been sold before a motorcycle recall, they also state that the recalled bikes were brought back to the dealership by their owners and repairs were made. The dealership also points to the recent firing of a salesperson for selling a recalled vehicle as evidence of its commitment to safety.
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