The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) advises consumers to immediately stop using the Yamaha Rhino off-road vehicles until they have repaired. The Yamaha Motor Corp. has also agreed to voluntarily suspend sales of the 450, 660 and 700 models of their Rhino all-terrain vehicles.
Yamaha Rhino Design Defects Causes Rollovers
Due to the top heavy design and small tires, the Yamaha Rhino is unstable and prone to rollovers at slow speeds and on flat, smooth surfaces. Additionally, most Rhinos are sold without doors or handholds.
The Yamaha Rhino was introduced in 2003 and due to the CPSC investigation of more then 46 reported driver and/or passenger deaths due to Yamaha Rhino ATV rollover accidents, Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA has voluntarily issued a recall, agreeing to repair all 450, 660 and 700 models of the Rhino by adding doors and handholds, installation of a spacer on the rear wheels and removing the rear anti-sway bar to help improve vehicle handling and reduce the risk of rollovers. Yamaha has also agreed to suspend sales of these popular all-terrain vehicles until the repairs have been made by a dealer. There have been approximately 120,000 of the 450 and 660 models sold nationwide since 2003. There have been about 25,000 700 models sold in the same time period.
Lack of Safety Features on the Yamaha Rhino Causes Injuries
Contact us if you or a family member has suffered from the following injuries while using a Yamaha Rhino:
- Broken or crushed arms, wrist or hands
- Broken or crushed legs, feet or ankles
In 2006 Yamaha issued a warning letter to owners that warned the Yamaha Rhino was prone to rollovers when taking sharp turns. However, the tone of the letter blamed the rollovers on the drivers and passengers of the vehicles. The warning that Yamaha provided in the letter was that passengers needed to use their seatbelts and keep their arms and legs inside of the vehicle. Accidents while driving the Yamaha Rhino ATV have not decreased since the letter was distributed.
Owners of a Yamaha Rhino, models 450, 660 and 700 should contact their dealer immediately to schedule an appointment to have the repairs made. Yamaha is also offering a free helmet. Consumers should always wear a helmet, wear a seatbelt and obey all safety warnings and instructions on the on-product labels and owner's manual. Contact Yamaha Motors at 800-962-7926 or visit their web site at www.yamaha-motor.com.
Contact the attorneys at Bachus & Schanker immediately. We'll fight Yamaha Motors and their lawyers to ensure that you are compensated for your pain and suffering.
Injured in a Yamaha Rhino Accident?
If you or any member of your family has been suffered from injuries in a Yamaha Rhino accident, then please contact us right away.
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