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
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
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