Allegations of Selling Unsafe Vehicles at Southern Honda Powersports
Southern Honda Powersports in Chattanooga, TN, is being investigated by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, The U.S. Attorney's Office, and the Tennessee Attorney General's Office for allegedly selling unsafe motorcycles, ATVs and dirt bikes. Southern Honda Powersports is the largest Honda motorcycle and ATV dealership in the United States. As Tennessee neighbors Kentucky, it is possible that some of the allegedly unsafe motorcycles, ATVs and dirt bikes were sold to Kentucky residents.
These accusations were made by a former marketing consultant for Southern Honda Powersports, Ernest "Pug" Vickers III. He reportedly made claims to federal agents in 2007 that this dealership failed to follow industry procedures in assembling the motorcycles, ATVs and dirt bikes. Additionally, Southern Honda Powersports allegedly sold unsafe motorcycles, ATVs and dirt bikes under federally mandated safety recalls without making the required repairs. Finally, the Honda dealership is accused of falsifying documents including vehicle repair and sales records. Many of Vickers claims are backed up by affidavits from former employees of Southern Honda Powersports. Vickers alleges that as many as 25,000 motorcycles, ATVs and dirt bikes were involved. The Honda dealership is denying the allegations.
One concern is that improperly assembled dirt bikes, ATV's and motorcycles are more prone to accidents and injuries. Injuries from defectively assembled motorcycles, ATVs and dirt bikes may have (and still could) result in serious injury or death. If you feel that a Kentucky accident resulting in injury or death involved a Honda motorcycle, ATV or dirt bike purchased through Southern Honda Powersports, you may want to talk to a Kentucky attorney. These investigations are in the early stages, but an attorney can assist you by answering your questions. Brett H. Oppenheimer is a Kentucky attorney who will consult with you and help to determine if you have a valid claim. You can contact Brett here or by phone at: (502) 242-8877.