Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. issued the statement below in a letter sent to Yamaha Rhino owners on September 11, 2006.
September 11, 2006
Dear Rhino Owner:
Your Rhino side-by-side vehicle was designed to be a very capable off-road vehicle with a wide variety of potential uses.
Regardless of how you use your Rhino, please remember that both the driver and the passenger must always buckle the seat belt when riding in the vehicle. Also the driver and passenger must wear an approved off-road motorcycle-type helmet that fits properly.
As with any off-road capable vehicle, there is a risk of tip over or rollover under certain conditions. Uneven terrain or slopes which pitch the vehicle sideways, turning too fast or sharp, or a combination of conditions increase the risk of tip over.
As your Owner’s Manuel describes, “If the vehicle starts to tip, gradually steer in the downhill direction if there are no obstacles in your path. As you regain proper balance, gradually steer again in the direction you want to go.”
However, if you are in a situation where the vehicle is tipping over, do not put your arm or leg outside the vehicle to try to stop it. You could be severely injured. You could suffer a crushed hard, arm, leg, or foot, if part of your body is caught underneath the vehicle. You must keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle until it has stopped moving.
To help remind you and other operators or passengers in your Rhino of this important information, Yamaha has prepared new warning labels, one for each side of the enclosure. We recommend you install these labels on your Rhino or have your authorized Yamaha dealer install them for you. An illustration of the proper location is provided on the back of this letter.
We are concerned about your safety and continued satisfaction with our products. Thank you for giving your attention to this important matter.
Customer Support Group
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
Yamaha Rhino ATV Lawsuit Information
Since the Yamaha Rhino All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) was introduced to the market in the United States in 2003, it has caused a large number of devastating rollover accidents leaving adults and a number of children seriously injured, permanently maimed and in some instances dead.
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