Yamaha did not issue a recall for the Yamaha Rhino ATV, even though there are many design problems with the Rhino. The center of gravity, small wheels, and top-heavy nature of the Rhino make it extremely dangerous. Even though no recall was issued, Yamaha did send a safety letter to all of the owners of the Rhino. This was done on September 11th, 2006.
The letter reminded users to fasten their seatbelts whenever they used the Rhino. This helps in the even of a crash or accident, and helps to hold the passengers in, in the event of a rollover. The letter also warned users to have a helmet on at all times. The safety letter reminded users that their owner's manual included instructions for what to do if the vehicle should start to tip. It also reminded users not to put their legs or arms outside of the vehicle at any time, which would help them be protected in the event of a rollover or a tip. The letter also included safety labels to put on the Yamaha Rhino, to remind users and passengers of safety hazards.
Although the letter was useful, it still did not provide users with a recall, which would have allowed them to purchase a much safer product. Also, many users did not pay attention to the letter. Even with new safety warnings, the Yamaha Rhino is still extremely unsafe. There are many more ATV injuries with the Rhino than regular ATVs. Click here to read statistics about all ATVS.
Therefore, in the cases of injuries or deaths due to the Rhino, it is important to have an ATV lawyer who can help you with your Rhino lawsuit. A lawyer from Anapol Schwartz can help make sure that your voice is heard, and those responsible for your injuries are held to be so.
Read a copy of the letter here:
September 11, 2006
Dear Rhino Owner:
Your Rhino side-by-side vehicle was designed to be a very capable off-road vehicle with a wide variety of potential uses.
Regardless of how you use your Rhino, please remember that both the driver and the passenger must always buckle the seat belt when riding in the vehicle. Also the driver and passenger must wear an approved off-road motorcycle-type helmet that fits properly.
As with any off-road capable vehicle, there is a risk of tip over or rollover under certain conditions. Uneven terrain or slopes which pitch the vehicle sideways, turning too fast or sharp, or a combination of conditions increase the risk of tip over.
As your Owner's Manuel describes, "If the vehicle starts to tip, gradually steer in the downhill direction if there are no obstacles in your path. As you regain proper balance, gradually steer again in the direction you want to go."
However, if you are in a situation where the vehicle is tipping over, do not put your arm or leg outside the vehicle to try to stop it. You could be severely injured. You could suffer a crushed hard, arm, leg, or foot, if part of your body is caught underneath the vehicle. You must keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle until it has stopped moving.
To help remind you and other operators or passengers in your Rhino of this important information, Yamaha has prepared new warning labels, one for each side of the enclosure. We recommend you install these labels on your Rhino or have your authorized Yamaha dealer install them for you. An illustration of the proper location is provided on the back of this letter.
We are concerned about your safety and continued satisfaction with our products. Thank you for giving your attention to this important matter.
Customer Support Group
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.