Yamaha has finally recalled its Rhino ATVs. These vehicles have been the subject of a number of products liability lawsuits, and have been shown to be very dangerous. It’s sad that Yamaha waited until there were 46 deaths from incidents involving the Rhinos, but at least they will be off the market for a while. Here are excerpts from an Associated Press story today:
Yamaha Motor Corp. USA recalled about 120,000 off-highway recreational vehicles for repairs Tuesday, after two models were involved in 46 deaths.
All Rhino 450 and 660 model vehicles were recalled for repairs designed to prevent accidents that resulted in 46 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The reported deaths occurred between the fall of 2003, when the vehicles were first distributed, through this year.
More than two-thirds of the incidents were rollovers. According to the CPSC many of these involved turns on level ground at relatively slow speeds. A number of incidents also involved riders not wearing seat belts.
The repairs are designed to reduce rollover risk, as well as to improve handling and keep riders’ limbs inside the vehicles.
Rhino 450 and 660 owners should stop using these vehicles and call their local dealer to schedule an appointment for repairs. They can also receive a free helmet.
For more details, call Yamaha at 800-962-7926.