WebXtra: Yamaha Rhinos need repairs to prevent deadly accidents

By Molly Reuter - bio | email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - A warning for all ATV riders.  If you own a Yamaha Rhino 450, or 660 pay close attention.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the Rhinos need to be repaired to prevent accidents that have killed 46 people since 2003.  Around two-thirds of those incidents have been rollovers.

Yamaha's repair program is more than good news for Heidi Crow of Winnsboro.  Her 9-year-old son J.T. was killed in 2007 when the Rhino 450 he was riding in tipped over.  Heidi has been fighting ever since to make the Rhinos safer.  She filed a wrongful death suit against Yamaha and contacted the CPSC.

"I did it, so my son's life will go on, to save others because what happened to J.T. should not happen to any other family," said Crow.  "When you go and purchase a side by side you think it's going to improve the quality of your life and add fun to your family.  It should do that, not destroy it."

The repairs are designed to reduce the risk of rollovers, as well as, improve handling and keep riders' limbs inside the vehicles.  East Texas Yamaha dealership owners tell KLTV they will gladly make the necessary repairs for free.  For more details call Yamaha at 800-962-7926.