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California jury unanimously rejects plaintiff’s claims regarding yamaha rhino

Since it was brought up in another thread, I thought I would post this blog on the Yamaha Rhino Lawsuits. Seems that another verdict in favor of Yamaha just passed, 4th in California and 7th in a row in favor of the Rhino.

CALIFORNIA JURY UNANIMOUSLY REJECTS PLAINTIFF’S CLAIMS REGARDING YAMAHA RHINO

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Yamaha Statement on McAnelly vs Yamaha Decision in Los Angeles County, Calif.

CYPRESS, Calif. – april 15, 2011 – A jury in Los Angeles County, Calif., today unanimously rejected the plaintiff's claims and returned a defense verdict in McAnelly vs Yamaha, a case involving an accident on a Yamaha Rhino. This verdict in favor of Yamaha marks the fourth time in California and seventh time in a row that a jury has rejected plaintiffs' claims regarding the Rhino's design, finding no defect in the Rhino. In July 2010, a jury found for Yamaha in a Rhino trial in Santa Ana County, Calif., as did a jury in San Bernardino County in August 2010 and a jury in Orange County in April 2011.

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 underscores the importance of following the safety recommendations on Yamaha's products and in the owner's manual, and to always operate the products in a safe and responsible manner. Rhinos are recommended for drivers age 16 or older with a valid driver's license. Drivers and passengers should at all times wear helmets, protective gear including over-the-ankle footwear, and the vehicle's three-point seat belts. The vehicle is designed for a maximum of two riders, sitting side-by-side in the vehicle's front seats, and passengers should never ride in the vehicle's cargo bed

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They are gonna win everyone of them that has to do with passengers in the bed. Don't know what exactly this one was. But if it had to do with under age drivers, passengers in the bed, or using the vehicle inappropriately those are gonna be easy to win. Especially if the operator was impaired. How many do you think they are just settling on though?



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I imagine the ones that someone stuck their leg out during a roll over or such will be the ones that Yamaha settles. Those are the ones Yamaha addressed by installing the doors.
Same reason Arctic Cat went to the funky net setup on the Prowler for 2011. If the customer removes it, which most will, then Arctic Cat is obsolved of liability.
Yamaha does have a roll over problem with the Rhino, too narrow and high center of gravity. At least Prowlers are predictable and easy to bring back onto all 4 if it bicycles.
Hmmm, guess I should install safety nets and doors on my XTZ....see if that helps me stay in during a rollover...

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They don't have a net policy for you guys?
LOL...yeah, I was being a smart a$$. Our side windows have to have full netting to prevent any part of our body from going outside of the car.

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Thanks for the update, just shows folks do dumb stuff and want someone else to pay for it.
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