What makes the tragedy weigh even heavier on James Spencer was the fact that the Yamaha Rhino 450 had actually been recalled by the federal government this past March after reports of more than 40 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
"I was not aware of any deaths or any injuries with this machine," he told NEWS10.
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The article adds:
- Up to 150,000 Rhino ATVs repaired in the US
- Involved in 46 recorded deaths
- Yamaha facing 200 current lawsuits
- Most of the 200-odd claims facing the US manufacturer from American buyers revolve around crush injuries from arms and legs exiting the vehicle in such rollovers.
- The US Product Safety Commission found that "of the rollover-related deaths and hundreds of reported injuries ... many appear to involve turns at relatively low speeds and on level terrain".
- Yamaha is facing at least one claim so far involving the Rhino ATV in Australia
The two-passenger Rhino has a built-in roll cage, but a narrow wheelbase and an anti-sway bar that can lift the rear tires off the ground during slow turns have caused many accidents.
More than two-thirds of the reported accidents were rollovers, many involving turns at low speeds and on level terrain, the commission statement said.