The Yamaha Motor Corp. announced this week that it is offering free repairs on about 145,000 Rhino two-seat utility vehicles. This announcement follows an investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) into the high propensity of these ATV’s to rollover at relatively low speeds and on level terrain. According to the CPSC, there have been at least 46 wrongful deaths in U.S. as a result of Yamaha Rhino accidents. Yamaha is also facing hundreds of products liability lawsuits from the personal injuries and wrongful deaths that have occurred as a result of the defects in these ATVs. According to reports, the repair installs a spacer on the rear wheels and removes the rear anti-sway bar to help reduce the chance of rollover. It also installs half-doors and more passenger handholds to help users’ arms and legs stay inside the vehicle in a rollover. The CPSC said consumers should stop driving these vehicles until the repair is done.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an accident involving a Yamaha Rhino ATV contact the Alabama products liability attorneys at Martinson & Beason P.C. for free consult at 1-888-255-6534.