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Oklahoma Yamaha Rhino Recall Lawyer


Yamaha Rhino Recall Lawyers Oklahoma City

Many people across the United States love to spend their free time driving recreational vehicles, and ATV’s are extremely popular. There is an entire subculture in existence that gets as far away from the road as possible and attacks the backcountry in ways that are truly exciting. However, there is also an element of danger involved in such activities as riding ATV’s, and this is particularly so when certain ATV models are deemed defective and therefore unreasonably dangerous.

It seems that one of the leading manufacturers of ATV’s, Yamaha, has deemed three of its models to be just that, as recent news has shown that the company has initiated a recall of the following ATV lines:

  • The Yamaha Rhino 450
  • The Yamaha Rhino 660
  • The Yamaha Rhino 700

When any product is recalled, it indicates a serious problem that even the company responsible for producing them implicitly acknowledges when it announces the recall. Below is a brief overview of this issue, but if you or someone you love has been injured as a result of using either these ATV models or any others, contact Privett Law today to schedule a free initial consultation.

The History of the Yamaha Rhino Models

The Yamaha Rhino class has been a top seller within the ATV market for several years, but since 2003, reports have surfaced that seemed to indicate a problem with either the design or the manufacture of the three models listed above. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 46 people have been killed in accidents involving the three Rhino ATV models at issue and hundreds more have been injured. As a result, more than 145,000 individual Rhino units have been recalled by the company.

The Problem with the Yamaha Rhino

The CPSC stated that more than two-thirds of the accidents that led to injuries and/or deaths involved rollover accidents, which occur when a vehicle turns over when drivers could reasonably expect it to hold itself upright given the speed and driving conditions. Furthering this point, the CSPC stated that many of these rollover crashes occurred when the drivers were moving at a relatively low rate of speed and riding on terrain that was reasonably flat. Clearly, when an ATV rolls over, the driver and any passengers are extremely vulnerable to injury or worse, as the entire vehicle has a tendency to flip and land on its occupants.

Yamaha’s Reaction to Correct the Problem

Pursuant to the recall of these 145,000 units, Yamaha has openly encouraged the owners of these Rhino models to cease with the driving of their models and to contact their local dealer to schedule an appointment for the repair work that Yamaha has deemed necessary to correct the problem. Additionally, Yamaha has halted new sales of these models until these particular adjustments can be made.

The Adjustments Yamaha is Making on Rhinos

Yamaha is performing a few specific modifications to these Rhino models that they believe will alleviate the danger associated with the faulty design that exists presently. Included in these repairs/adjustments are:

  • Adding larger wheels to create more stability
  • Widening the wheel base to give these Rhinos more control on turns
  • Adding to the body of these models to keep passengers’ limbs inside the vehicles

What this strongly suggests is that the design of these models was defective, which by definition means that even when using them properly, an unreasonable danger is created that is generally not the fault of the driver and/or passengers.

Yamaha’s Potential Liability

When a company makes a decision to recall any of its products, it’s usually a function of analyzing the potential for future liability that the company could incur if it leaves that product or products on the market. Specifically, it means that the cost of performing repairs to 145,000 units is less than what they could potentially face in terms of liability if Yamaha decided to avoid these costs.

However, while this recall may limit Yamaha’s future liability, it does not minimize the liability the company could face for injuries and deaths that have already occurred when drivers and passengers were using these defective models. Those who have suffered as a result of trusting the relative safety of these Rhino models could still have valid legal claims against Yamaha and perhaps other entities involved in their distribution depending on the facts that surround their particular situations.

Understand Your Rights and the Rhino Recall

Therefore, if you are one of the victims of any of these Yamaha Rhino models, you owe it to yourself and those you love to obtain an understanding of your legal rights and options. Contact Privett Law today to schedule a free initial consultation, as you need to make a decision regarding how to move forward with a foundation of sound legal knowledge.