Rhino Accident Injury Lawyers
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More than 120,000 Rhino All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) manufactured by Yamaha Motor Corporation have been recalled. The model numbers of the recalled vehicles are the Rhino 450, 660 and 700. The vehicles are being recalled for repairs intended to prevent accidents that have resulted in 46 confirmed deaths and hundreds of injuries. The Yamaha Rhinos 450, 660 and 700 have design flaws that make them unstable and susceptible to low-speed rollovers.
Yamaha Admits Rushed Testing
Legal experts say that Yamaha has admitted that it didn’t do enough testing of the Rhino before placing it on the market. They say that the company should have conducted dynamic, or real life, testing not only to see what happens in real life such as going too fast, making sharp turns and having too many people in the vehicle, but what happens when occupants, like J.T., are doing what they should by wearing seatbelts and driving in a vehicle that isn’t going too fast.
Yamaha has sent direct mail notifications to owners of the recalled Rhino side-by-side recreational utility vehicle (RUV). However, some people who have changed addresses or purchased a used Yamaha Rhino may still not be aware of this potentially dangerous recall.
Many of the Rhino rollovers involve broken or crushed bones, some even requiring amputation of limbs. Sadly, some of these Rhino rollovers and injuries resulted in badly injured children.
Yamaha Rhino Recalls Families often chose the Yamaha Rhino because side-by-side ATVs are supposed to be safer than traditional “four-wheeler” ATVs. However, due to a faulty brake caliper on the 2008 Yamaha Rhino YXR450 AND YXR700 RUVs (which sparked the recall), and alleged design flaws (too top heavy; wheels that are too small, etc.) these heavy-duty machines can rollover even at low speeds and on flat surfaces.
Some Rhino owners may have opted to fix the faulty brake caliper mentioned in the earlier press releases. Please be aware that there are other safety features and design elements in question. Do not continue to drive the Yamaha Rhino RUV while these questions remain unanswered.