The Rhino all terrain vehicle, manufactured by Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A., is a side-by-side off-highway recreational vehicle that retails for about $11,000. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has investigated 46 driver and passenger deaths and hundreds of injuries in crashes involving Rhino models 450, 660, and 700. Many of these incidents were rollover accidents that occurred at relatively slow speeds on relatively level terrain.
Rollover accidents are common with the Yamaha Rhino because of its defective top-heavy design and hazardously narrow wheel base. Many of the injuries suffered are serious, involving broken arms and legs that sometimes require amputation. Because of their dangerous design, occupants have suffered serious injuries and death even while operating the vehicle safely. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a Yamaha Rhino accident, contact a defective products lawyer today at Robert B. Sykes Associates, P.C. to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your physical pain, medical bills, and other losses resulting from the accident.