Yamaha Rhino ATV Lawsuits

The Yamaha Rhino is a side by side four wheel all-terrain vehicle which has been found to be prone to rollover, even when it is operated safely at reasonable speeds. Users have suffered severe and life-threatening injuries when their arms and legs were crushed under the weight of the ATV.

STATUS OF YAMAHA RHINO LITIGATION: Lawsuits are pending throughout the United States and lawyers are continuing to review new cases for riders injured during a Yamaha Rhino rollover.

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MANUFACTURER: Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

OVERVIEW: The Yamaha Rhino was first introduced in 2003 to compete with utility vehicles, like the Kawasaki Mule and John Deere Gator. In an attempt to make the vehicle faster and more agile, Yamaha designed a vehicle which is very unstable and has been found to roll over at speeds as slow as 13 miles per hour.

The Rhino features a powerful engine in a vehicle with a high center of gravity, narrow wheel base and small tires. As a result, many users have had the vehicle tip over and land on its side, even when operated on flat surfaces.

Until August 2007, the Rhino was sold without any doors and with limited safety features. As a result, it was common for riders to have their arms and legs fall out during a rollover, and get crushed under the weight of the vehicle. Severe crush injuries have resulted in permanent disabilities and fatal injuries for many riders.

YAMAHA RHINO PROBLEMS: Shortly after Yamaha began selling the Rhino they began receiving reports of rollover problems. In September 2006, the manufacturer sent a letter to owners acknowledging the risk of rollovers. In the letter, they outlined that riders should be careful to keep their arms and legs inside the vehicle during a rollover. However, even if the instructions were followed it is unlikely that riders can avoid a serious injury.

In August 2007, Yamaha began offering after-market doors and additional passenger handle bars to address some of the safety concerns. Although many people have called for the company to issue a recall to correct the design defects, a Rhino recall has not been issued.

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Potential Yamaha Rhino lawsuits are being reviewed by lawyers for riders who suffered severe fractures or other permanent injuries as a result of a rollover which occurred during normal operation of the ATV.

Image Credit: 2008 Yamaha Rhino 700

17 Comments

  • kevinMay 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    You said it exactly right Chris. appx 1000% correct if I might say. America is the most sue happy especially now with the economy so bad. ANything to get a dollar you dont have to work for. This is just a certian group of money hungry lawyers reaching out to the ignorant poulation to make a fast buck. Taking advantage of someone ignorance and sitting back with a cold one when its over.

  • ChrisApril 13, 2010 at 3:33 am

    As usual the people of this country think that a lawsuit is going to make things better for them. In my estimation the people who the lawsuits will benefit are the lawyers aka (pondscum) and not the hapless victims aka (morons). Anyone who thinks that a utility vehicle can be made "idiot proof" should be taken out of the gene pool for the sake of the rest of the population. Where will the lawsuits[Show More]As usual the people of this country think that a lawsuit is going to make things better for them. In my estimation the people who the lawsuits will benefit are the lawyers aka (pondscum) and not the hapless victims aka (morons). Anyone who thinks that a utility vehicle can be made "idiot proof" should be taken out of the gene pool for the sake of the rest of the population. Where will the lawsuits stop? When the american public has every right guaranteed in the constitution taken away then maybe they will wake up.

  • ATV Dealer Sued Over Failing to Make Yamaha Rhino Repairs - AboutLawsuits.comApril 17, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    [...] plaintiffs, Lisa Edens Crowder and David Crowder Jr., filed their Yamaha Rhino lawsuit on March 27, 2009 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Hidden Trails Recreational Vehicles, Motorcycles [...]

  • Yamaha Rhino ATV Recall Issued and Sales Suspended Pending Design Repairs - AboutLawsuits.comApril 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    [...] the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) began looking into safety problems with the Yamaha Rhino side-by-side ATV, Yamaha has agreed to suspend sales and recall vehicles sold since Fall 2003, so that repairs can [...]

  • Yamaha Rhino ATV Attorneys Assigned to Leadership Roles in Federal Litigation - AboutLawsuits.comMarch 27, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    [...] District Judge Jennifer Coffman met with the attorneys this week in the recently consolidated Yamaha Rhino ATV litigation, which has been centralized in the Western District of Kentucky. As part of the organization of the [...]

  • Yamaha Rhino Lawyers to Meet with MDL Court Next Week - AboutLawsuits.comMarch 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    [...] Judge Jennifer Coffman has scheduled an initial conference for next week in the recently formed Yamaha Rhino Multidistrict Litigation (MDL), to meet with lawyers and discuss the organization and structure of the coordinated [...]

  • Yamaha Rhino UTV Safety Report Released by Safety Advocates and Victims : AboutLawsuits.comMarch 3, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    [...] introduced in 2003, the Yamaha Rhino is a cross between larger utility vehicles, such as the Kawasaki Mule and John Deere Gator, and [...]

  • Yamaha Rhino ATV Litigation Consolidated in Kentucky : AboutLawsuits.comFebruary 19, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    [...] Yamaha Rhino litigation currently consists of 55 different product liability lawsuits filed in 33 different U.S. District [...]

  • Motion Filed to Consolidate Yamaha Rhino Lawsuits : AboutLawsuits.comDecember 31, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    [...] been filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate and centralize Yamaha Rhino lawsuits that have been filed in various federal courts for pretrial litigation. The product liability [...]

  • Yamaha Rhino Rollover Lawsuit Filed in Florida : AboutLawsuits.comNovember 13, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    [...] 38-year-old woman has filed a Yamaha Rhino rollover lawsuit in Florida, joining over 200 similar cases that have been filed in various state and federal courts [...]

  • Yamaha Rhino Accidents and Deaths Lead to Investigation by Safety Regulators : AboutLawsuits.comNovember 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    [...] Rhino as a result of a growing number of rollovers, resulting in at least 30 deaths and over 200 Yamaha Rhino accident lawsuits filed on behalf of injured [...]

  • JonOctober 30, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Jim, who responded to the "Over 200 cases filed for rhino rollover injuries and deaths" said it best. Sue also responded to the same coment, I DISAGREE WITH YOUR OPINION. You talk about all atvs and motorcycles. Yes deadly accidents do happen, but what about vehicles and bicyc[Show More]Jim, who responded to the "Over 200 cases filed for rhino rollover injuries and deaths" said it best. Sue also responded to the same coment, I DISAGREE WITH YOUR OPINION. You talk about all atvs and motorcycles. Yes deadly accidents do happen, but what about vehicles and bicycles and air planes and all of the other death causing circumstances. Should we make all that stuff illegal as well. I am totaly pro life, but as Jim said the operators should take the responsibity for their actions. I own a 2007 Rhino and love it very much. Yes they are dangerous and I have rolled mine. But every time I rolled it I was operating it beyond its limits as I am sure that a lot of the lawsuits that are filed if a deep and true investigation is done probably 99% of them will find that the root cause is operator error. If the operator respects the machine and knows its limitations just as a car they should not have any problems. Even with a car you don't go 90 mph through sharp 'S' curves. I'm sure if you try it you will end up wrecking. The bottom line is this, In todays world every one is sue happy. Here is a good example, some one sued McDonalds for coffee being too hot and they burned themselves with it. There are risks in every thing we do. With the Rhino if you buy it you know there are risks of rolling over that come with it.

  • Yamaha ATV Lawsuits: Over 200 Cases Filed for Rhino Rollover Injuries and Deaths : AboutLawsuits.comOctober 1, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    [...] are over 200 known Yamaha Rhino lawsuits that have been filed in various state and federal courts throughout the United [...]

  • Recreation VehicleSeptember 29, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    There is a lot of information out there regarding the safety of Rhino's right now, and some of it is true, some of it isn't. Just read very carefully and don't take everything at face value. If you want to know the truth, do some smart investigation. http://steadmans.net

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    [...] Rogers, of Bossier City, Texas, filed a Yamaha Rhino ATV lawsuit on May 27, 2008, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas - Marshall division. [...]

  • Despite risk of rollovers, NRA names 2008 Yamaha Rhino 700 “ATV of the Year” — AboutLawsuits.comMay 29, 2008 at 4:36 am

    [...] that inadequate safety features were provided to protect passengers in the case of a rollover. The Yamaha Rhino ATV was designed to have a high clearance and a narrow wheelbase so it could be placed in the bed of a [...]

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