Saturday, August 29, 2009

Defense verdict in product liability case re Yamaha ATV is reporting today that a Texas jury has found that Yamaha Motor Corp. is not liable for the death of a 13-year-old boy in a Yamaha Rhino wrongful death lawsuit filed over fatal injuries suffered in a rollover accident, which the plaintiffs had contended were caused by design defects in the side-by-side ATV. Since it was first introduced in 2003, problems with the Yamaha Rhino have been linked to hundreds of ATV rollover accidents throughout the United States, often resulting in serious or fatal injuries. Following pressure from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which has indicated that the vehicles can rollover even at low speeds on level terrain, earlier this year Yamaha temporarily halted Rhino sales and agreed to make free safety modifications to about 145,000 Rhino ATVs already on the market. Go here for the full story.

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