The Court of Appeals of Georgia has unanimously reversed a trial court’s May 2010 decision in favor of plaintiffs and ordered judgment for Yamaha in McTaggart vs Yamaha, a case involving an accident on a Yamaha Rhino. The Court of Appeals’ decision means that courts in all nine cases that have gone to trial have rejected plaintiffs’ claims and found in favor of Yamaha.

“Yamaha stands firmly behind the Rhino and will continue to vigorously defend the product,” says Van Holmes, ATV/SxS Public Relations Manager, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. “The Rhino is a safe and useful off-road vehicle when driven responsibly, and has won virtually every “first in class” award and top safety ratings in independent reviews since its introduction.

“The testimony and evidence presented during the trial showed that this unfortunate incident had nothing to do with the design of the product. The incident illustrates the importance of following the safety guidelines posted on the vehicle and the owner’s manual. The Rhino is a safe and useful off-road vehicle when driven responsibly. Drivers and passengers should wear helmets, protective gear including foot wear, and the vehicle’s three-point seat belts at all times.

“Yamaha’s top priority is the safety of our customers, and we pride ourselves in the safety and quality of our products.”



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  • John Irish

    I’m pleased to hear the judgment in favor of Yamaha.  I own a 2009 Rhino and have never had any safety issues with the machine.  If people would drive them properly and responsibly they shouldn’t have any issues with them.  I have driven about 6200 miles in the past two years in water, mud, rivers, over rocks and boulders, and have nothing to complain about with Yamaha.  When will Rhino do a redesign of this machine?

    • Lucas

      We’re also pretty happy that these judgments are going Yamaha’s way. We haven’t heard anything yet about a new Rhino design, but you’ve got to think a forward-thinking manufacturer like Yamaha has something in the works. the UTV landscape has changed an awful lot since the Rhino first hit the trails. Can’t wait to see how it evolves.

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