In Sept. 2006, Yamaha sent a letter to consumers after a large number of Rhino rollover accidents were reported. The letter urged both drivers and passengers of the Rhino vehicles to always buckle their seat belt and wear a properly fitted helmet. The Rhino warning letter also revealed that turning too quickly may cause a rollover. The company also included instructions on what to do if the Rhino begins to tip. Even though various injuries were reported and the company knew of the Rhino's susceptibility to rollover, no recall was made.
In Aug. 2007, Yamaha offered a free installation of doors and passenger handles to stop riders from sticking their legs or arms outside the vehicle during an accident. Yamaha also issued a warning label on the Rhino acknowledging the vehicles' susceptibility to tip.
In Feb. 2009, several citizens, including UTV accident victims and safety advocates, issued a warning about the design defects of UTVs, which have caused many deaths and serious injuries. The report, which focused on the Rhino vehicle, included proposed changes to be made in these vehicles to prevent rollovers and protect riders.
Finally, in March 2009, a Rhino Recreational Utility Vehicle recall was issued for models 450, 660 and 700. Owners are urged to stop using the vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Rhino rollover accident, contact a Rhino recall lawyer immediately.