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Yamaha’s Rhino ATV: Injuries and Deaths Continue
The Yamaha Rhino, an all terrain vehicle (ATV), continues to cause injuries and deaths across the nation – and many of the victims are children. The latest fatality is 8 year old Michael McCloud of Richardson, Texas.
A needless tragedy
According to news reports, the 8 year old boy and a 59 year old woman were passengers on a Yamaha Rhino ATV driven by the boy’s 12 year old brother. The ATV overturned and Michael suffered a massive trauma and died. Police reports stated that the vehicle “was turned sharply to the left as the three were riding on dirt in a pasture” and that “the ATV was reported to have then rolled onto the passenger side ejecting both front seat passengers” where it came to rest on top of Michael.
Hundreds of rollovers, but no recall
Even though the Yamaha Rhino has been linked to hundreds of rollovers, the manufacturer still hasn’t recalled the vehicle and is now defending itself in several lawsuits. In fact, one lawsuit was recently filed by a California man whose Rhino overturned at a low rate of speed and caused serious and permanent injuries to his right leg. He is alleging that the Yamaha Rhino is a dangerously unstable and defective product.
Since coming on the market in 2003, the Rhino has been linked to many injuries and deaths due to its high center of gravity and a very narrow wheel base and has a propensity to rollover and crush the occupants’ limbs, cause severe injuries – or in the case of 8 year old Michael – death. Many of the earlier Rhinos lacked safety features such as doors and handles. Unfortunately, these vehicles continue to be used. Although Yamaha claims that its offered to install the needed safety features, without a recall, many consumers simply don’t know about it.
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