The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls 120,000 Yamaha Rhino ATVs linked to 46 deaths and hundreds of injuries since 2003

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (March 31, 2009) – The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a major recall of over 120,000 Yamaha Rhino off-highway recreational vehicles. The recall involves all Rhino 450, 660 and 700 model vehicles, which have been linked to 46 deaths and hundreds of injuries. Reports of serious injury and death linked to this vehicle have been reported since 2003, leaving many to wonder if this action is an example of “too little, too late.”

Beasley Allen attorney and Product Liability section head, Cole Portis, has reviewed over 75 Yamaha Rhino rollover claims in the past two years. According to Cole, “We are concerned that this recall, while a good first step, does not address the inherent design flaws that make the Yamaha Rhino so susceptible to low-speed rollovers. However, I remain hopeful that this government recall will serve as a wakeup call and that Yamaha will re-evaluate their practice of putting profits over people. ”

According to an official news release, the CPSC staff has investigated more than 50 incidents involving 46 driver and passenger deaths related to these two Rhino models. They report more than two-thirds of the cases involved rollovers, and of the rollover-related deaths and hundreds of reported injuries, many appear to involve turns at relatively low speed and on level terrain.

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