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Statement Issued from, Van Holmes, Public Relations Manager, ATV & SxS Department, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

It’s important to note that today’s announcement from the CPSC was not a recall.  This is a voluntary repair program.  The difference is that this was the result of technical discussions between Yamaha and the CPSC, and Yamaha agreed to address concerns raised by CPSC.

“The safety of our customers drives everything we do at Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (Yamaha), and today’s announcement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) about Yamaha’s free repair offer for Rhino models 660 and 450 reflects this commitment.  Yamaha has had ongoing discussions with CPSC since 2006 to share information about the Rhino, including new product developments and safety features, as well as Yamaha’s efforts to promote safe and responsible use of the vehicles.  This has included demonstration rides with CPSC staff and other field activities.

While more than 99% of Rhino owners use the product without incident, CPSC and Yamaha examined the small segment of Rhino owners who have had an incident on the product to develop modifications that may help reduce the chance of rollover and improve vehicle handling in certain situations.

Yamaha stands behind the Rhino and is proud of the Rhino’s safety record and safety features.  The vehicle has won virtually every “first in class” award and top safety ratings in independent reviews since its introduction, and has skyrocketed in popularity due to its exceptional reliability, safety and versatility.  And hundreds of Rhinos are used every day by law enforcement personnel, first responders, and federal and state agencies.

Yamaha is deeply saddened whenever anyone is injured in a Yamaha-related accident.  The vast majority of our customers operate their Rhinos safely and responsibly, and have enjoyed millions of riding hours without incident.  Yamaha reminds all Rhino owners, as with any motorized vehicle, that safety features are no substitute for driving responsibly.  Follow all safety rules and age guidelines, which are included on warning labels on the vehicles and in owner’s manuals, and always wear the seat belt and a helmet when operating the Rhino.”

You can find details about the repair program on our web site at:

About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, race kart engines, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of more than 4,000 dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1977, YMUS also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit

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