A Georgia jury awarded $12.5 million to an injured motorcyclist and his wife after his Suzuki GSX-R’s brakes failed, causing him to crash. You may be entitled to financial compensation if you or a loved one was injured or killed after crashing due to a Suzuki GSX-R motorcycle brake failure. Call us today at 800-718-4658 for a free, confidential consultation. We only charge a fee for our services if we obtain a recovery for you.
Suzuki Knew Brakes Were Defective, Didn’t Recall Products In A Timely Manner
The jury awarded damages on claims for strict product liability based upon a design defect, negligent recall and breach of a continuing duty to warn.
Suzuki “had been investigating problems of pressure loss in the front brakes of Suzuki GSX-R motorcycles for at least several years” by the spring of 2013, according to the consolidated pre-trial order, which states Suzuki had changed the front brake design for all new motorcycles in the fall of 2012. The order states that Suzuki determined as of April 2013 that the front brakes were defective, it was necessary to recall over 400,000 GSX-R motorcycles sold worldwide between 2003 and 2013, and 200,000 replacement parts needed to be made. Suzuki ordered 200,000 redesigned front brake master cylinders in April 2013, according to the order.
“The vast majority of motorcycle sales occur during spring and summer. Based on their experience with prior recalls, [Suzuki] did not want this recall to interfere with their spring and summer selling season. As such, [Suzuki], motivated by profits rather than rider safety, made the conscious decision to delay announcing the recall until October 18, 2013,” the order states.
The man’s motorcycle accident occurred on August 12, 2013, “two months before [Suzuki] chose to notify the public of the brake defect,” according to the order.
All of the claims the jury awarded damages for have equivalents in California.
CACI No. 1203 establishes strict products liability based upon a design defect in California. It allows plaintiffs to recover damages when products fail to perform safely when used as intended due to a defect.
Suzuki determined themselves that their own brakes were defective, according to the pre-trial order.
CACI No. 1223 establishes negligent recall in California. It allows for damages to be recovered when defendants fail to recall a product despite knowing it is defective.
Suzuki knew in April 2013 their brakes were defective yet didn’t recall them until October 2013, according to the pre-trial order.
CACI No. 1025 establishes strict liability – failure to warn in California. It allows for damages to be recovered when defendants know their product is dangerous and fail to warn the public about it.
Suzuki failed to notify the public about their defective brakes until six months after they became aware of the defect, according to the pre-trial order.
GSX-R Lawsuit Damages
One can obtain compensation for many different forms of damages in a GSX-R lawsuit, including but not limited to:
- Medical bills: We can obtain a recovery which will cover both past and future medical bills.
- Pain and suffering: We can obtain a recovery which will cover both mental and physical pain and suffering.
- Lost wages: If your GSX-R accident caused you to be unable to earn wages, we can recover those wages you weren’t able to earn.
- Loss of enjoyment of life: You may be unable to enjoy life as much as before your GSX-R accident and we can recover damages for this.
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