Kawasaki Bike Odometer Class Action Gets Boot

Law360, New York (November 19, 2012, 1:45 PM EST) -- An Illinois federal judge on Thursday dismissed a nationwide class action alleging Kawasaki Motors Corp. manufactured a line of motorcycles with faulty odometers, ruling that the Federal Odometer Act’s anti-tampering provisions were not meant to apply to purported design defects.

Judge William T. Hart ruled that a memory chip installed in the odometers of Kawasaki’s Vulcan motorcycles, which allegedly caused the odometers to register more miles than were actually traveled, could not be considered a post-manufacture device under the Act's anti-tampering provisions. The chip is an...
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