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The Dangers of Yamaha Rhino Accidents

By Edited Aug 5, 2015 0 1

Most people know that ATVs, when not handled properly, can pose some serious hazards to their riders.

If you combine the ATV's weight with its limited steering capacity, then drive it in high speed through a rough road, an ATV rollover is very likely to happen.

However, as dangerous as these other ATVs are, most people would agree that the Yamaha Rhino just takes the cake.

Yamaha Rhino accidents have already killed almost 60 riders and hundreds more has been injured since it was released in 2003.

Yamaha is now the defendant in more than 400 wrongful deaths and personal injury claims and lawsuits as a result of various Rhino accidents.

But what makes Yamaha Rhino dangerous?

If you see one of these bad boys, the first thing that comes in mind is that it looks like a golf cart crossed with an ATV.

And since ATV literally means for all terrain, then those who bought the Rhino used it on all terrains; from muddy slopes to rocky ditches and uneven surfaces.

The problem is that the Rhino is not really for all terrains.

The Rhino, it turns out, is susceptible to rolling over and because it has no doors or handlebars, the risk of the driver and passenger being ejected is also high.

Another problem is that the Rhino is bigger and heavier than most ATVs.

And in most Rhino rollover accidents, the victims are crushed by the weight of the ATV after they are ejected.

What has Yamaha done to correct the problem?

In 2006, they issued a letter to the owners warning them of the risk of rollover and that seatbelts should be worn at all times.

In 2007, Yamaha offered free modifications that will make the Rhino safer.

This includes the addition of doors and more handholds for the driver and passengers.

The problem with this is that the additional doors, handlebars and the notice to wear seatbelts only solve the problem of vehicle ejection and does not do anything to reduce the risk of rollovers.

Yamaha has yet to issue any recall related to the Rhino ATV and it does not look like they ever will.

Yamaha might have decided that the cost of defending against lawsuits might cost less than doing an all-out product recall.

In any case, those who have been injured would have to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit to get compensation.



Feb 29, 2012 6:32pm
I didn't realize there had been so many deaths with the Rhino. I have to assume the RZR and Prowler have similar stats. ATV'ing is dangerous (but too much fun to resist).
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