Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., Statement on
Ray vs Yamaha Trial Verdict in Orange, TX
Jury finds no
product defect with Yamaha Rhino
CYPRESS, Calif. – August 27, 2009 – Yamaha is
saddened whenever anyone is injured in a Yamaha
product-related accident, and we urge all our
customers to follow the safety recommendations
on our products and, as importantly, to always
operate the products in a safe and responsible
The jury’s decision to reject the plaintiff’s
claims and award no damages in this case is
appropriate. The jury made a decision
based on the facts. The testimony and
evidence during the trial showed that this
tragic accident had nothing to do with the
design of the product. Yamaha’s top
priority is and always has been the safety of
our customers, and we pride ourselves on the
safety and quality of our products.
This accident demonstrates the importance of
following the safety guidelines posted on the
vehicles and the owner’s manuals. Rhinos
are designed for off-road use only, and the
vehicle is only recommended for adult drivers
aged 16 or older with a valid driver’s license.
Passengers must be large enough to keep their
backs against the seat backs with both feet
firmly on the floorboard. Drivers and
passengers should wear helmets and the vehicle’s
three-point seat belts at all times.
Yamaha stands firmly behind the Rhino as a safe
and useful off-road vehicle and will continue to
vigorously defend the product. To learn
more about the Yamaha Rhino, visit our website
Note to Editor: This statement can be attributed
to Van Holmes, Public Relations Manager, ATV &
SXS Department, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
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