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Yamaha Rhino recalled after 46 deaths

yamaha-rhino-recallYamaha Motor Corp. USA is recalling about 120,000 off-highway recreational vehicles for repairs, after two models were involved in 46 deaths.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said all Rhino 450 and 660 model vehicles need to be repaired to prevent the accidents that resulted in 46 deaths since the units were distributed in fall 2003.

Yamaha is also suspending sale of these models immediately until repaired. Consumers should immediately stop using these popular recreational vehicles until the repair is installed by a dealer.

More than two-thirds of the incidents were rollovers. Many also involved riders not wearing seat belts. The repairs are designed to reduce the risk of rolling over, as well as improve handling and keep riders’ limbs inside the vehicles. Of the rollover-related deaths and hundreds of reported injuries, some of which were serious, many appear to involve turns at relatively low speeds and on level terrain.

About 120,000 of the 450 and 660 model Rhinos have been distributed nationwide since the fall of 2003. Some units have been equipped by Yamaha with half doors and additional passenger handholds, either before or after sale.

Yamaha’s repair includes the installation of a spacer on the rear wheels as well as the removal of the rear anti-sway bar to help reduce the chance of rollover and improve vehicle handling, and continued installation of half doors and additional passenger handholds where these features have not been previously installed to help keep occupants’ arms and legs inside the vehicle during a rollover and reduce injuries.

Owners of the affected Rhinos should stop using them and call their dealer to schedule an appointment to have repairs made once they are available and to take advantage of a free helmet offer.

For more details call Yamaha at 800-962-7926 or visit yamaha-motor.com.

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