Yamaha Motor Corp. Offers Free Repair For 450, 660, and 700 Model Rhino Vehicles

CPSC advises consumers not to use the off-road vehicles until repaired

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A., of Cypress, Calif., is announcing a free repair program to address safety issues with all Rhino 450, 660, and 700 model off-highway recreational vehicles. Yamaha has also agreed to voluntarily suspend sale of these models immediately until repaired. Consumers should immediately stop using these popular recreational vehicles until the repair is installed by a dealer.

CPSC staff has investigated more than 50 incidents involving these three Rhino models, including 46 driver and passenger deaths involving the Rhino 450 and 660 models. More than two-thirds of the cases involved rollovers and many involved unbelted occupants. 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 Fall 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.

Yamaha is also voluntarily implementing the same repair program and suspension of sale for the Rhino 700 model, in order to ensure customer satisfaction. Consumers should stop riding the 700 model until it is repaired. About 25,000 Rhino 700s are part of this repair program.

Once these repairs have been made to their vehicles, Rhino users should always wear their helmet and seatbelt and follow the safety instructions and warnings in the on-product labels, owner’s manuals and other safety materials. The Rhino is only recommended for operators 16 and older with a valid driver’s license. All passengers must be tall enough to place both feet on the floorboard with their back against the seat back.

For additional information, contact Yamaha at 800-962-7926 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.yamaha-motor.com

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. John Capozza Says:


    After reading the fix for the Yamaha Rhino, And hearing from various friend saying to me, You own one of those that kill people and they are dangerous.
    I feel now that every one that has bought and owns a Yamaha Rhino is marked as having a death machine. As for the people tring to sell the machine. They will have a hard time, and I think it will get even harder to sell. I feel for the person that lost there Loved ones, and I don’t want to be one of them. I just feel that Yamaha let the media get to far with this. As far as them saying we have a fix and on the other hand saying that they are not selling anymore until the problem is fixed really leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I would like to see some testing of the Yamaha Rhino 450,660,700 with different suspension set-ups.
    And I would like to see the test even done with the back seat kits that most of us have. And different suspension set-ups Even if it means to try a wider a-arms
    front and rear. I just want to see the cloud lifted from the Current Rhinos. And not just see the new latest and improved version come out with the fixes, and all of us with older Rhinos to be left out. If I had the contacts, and resources
    to try different set up to see what works and what does not.I would be out there doing the testing. I know I am not the only one out there feeling this.

    Thank you, John Capozza
    Owner of a 2008 Yamaha Rhino 700

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