Yesterday the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of more than 120,000 Yamaha Rhino ATVs. This recall comes after years of criticism from consumer advocates alleging that the Yamaha Rhino’s design increases the likelihood for rollover accidents.
At least 46 people have been killed in the Yamaha Rhino-related accidents, most from rollovers. The CPSC urges Yamaha Rhino owners to immediately discontinue use of the all-terrain-vehicles and contact their Yamaha dealer for a free repair that will make the vehicle safer.
The repair will include the installation of doors as well as interior hand grips to increase the ability of occupants to keep their extremities inside the vehicle in the event of a rollover accident. The repair will also include the installation of spacer on the rear wheels and the removal of the rear anti-sway bar to improve handling and decrease the likelihood of a rollover.
According to a CPSC news release many Yamaha Rhino rollover accidents, including many fatalities, involved turns at relatively low speeds on level terrain.
Yamaha has also agreed to suspend sales of the popular side-by-side Rhino ATV until they are repaired.
For more information please visit the CPSC website.