U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) ADVISES CONSUMERS NOT TO USE YAMAHA RHINO VEHICLES

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an advisory to consumers last week not to use the Yamaha Rhino 450, 660 or 700 model off-highway recreational vehicles as Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA recalled 145,000 of the vehicles. Forty-six deaths have been attributed to the models, which were recalled for repairs designed to prevent accidents that resulted in the deaths and hundreds of injuries. Yamaha has also agreed to voluntarily suspend sales of these models immediately until repaired. The CPSC advised consumers to immediately stop using the vehicles until the repair is installed by a dealer. Read more

RECALL UPDATE: Yamaha Motor Corp. USA Suspends Sales of Rhino 450 and 660 Models; Riders Advised to Stop Using Vehicles Until Repaired

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A., of Cypress, Calif., is announcing a free repair program to address safety issues with all Rhino 450 and 660 model off-highway recreational vehicles. Yamaha has also agreed to voluntarily suspend sale of these models immediately until repaired. Consumers should immediately stop using these popular recreational vehicles until the repair is installed by a dealer. Read more

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA Announces Design Modifications To All Of Its Rhino 660 and Rhino 450 All-Terrain Vehicles

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA recently announced it would make design modifications to all of its Rhino 660 and Rhino 450 all-terrain vehicles. Company-issued literature noted these design modifications would include the addition of doors and additional passenger handholds "to help keep occupants from sticking arms and legs out of the vehicles in response to a side rollover." Read more

Yamaha Rhino® All-terrain Vehicles Seriously Injure and Maim Some Drivers and Passengers

Since the Yamaha Rhino was introduced to the market in the United States in September 2003, some drivers and passengers have been seriously injured, and in some cases permanently maimed as a result of rollover accidents. The Rhino, because of its unique design — including a narrow wheelbase, high center of gravity, fast acceleration and extremely quick turning radius — can be very unstable and roll over on either the driver or passenger side when sharply turned at low speeds. Read more

Yamaha Sends Out Warning to Rhino Owners About Dangers

For the first time since the Yamaha Rhino was introduced to the public, Yamaha has informed owners by mail that any type of sharp turn can provoke an unexpected tip-over or rollover. Owners and others are being warned not to deliberately stick out their leg in an attempt to prevent the vehicle from tipping over. Read more | Read Yamaha's letter

Lawsuits Filed Against Yamaha in Multiple States

Due to the frequency of Yamaha Rhino accidents and the severity of the resulting lower leg injuries, lawsuits have been filed in a number of states. These lawsuits all allege serious design defects that may result from inadequate testing by the manufacturer. Read more