Since its introduction in 2003, the safety of the Yamaha Rhino has been called into question. With several fatalities, accidents, and serious injuries, the Rhino is considered among the most dangerous all-terrain vehicles (ATV) available to consumers. As an acknowledgement of the accidents that have occurred thus far, Yamaha offered to install doors on all Rhinos as an increased safety measure, free of charge. The doors are meant to prevent riders from sticking out arms or legs during rollover accidents.
The height of the Rhino combined with its narrow wheel base creates a high center of gravity, making the ATV prone to rollover accidents. Even when used at minimum speeds, the Rhino’s disproportionate design makes it a hazardous vehicle to operate or ride in. Unlike other ATVs, the Rhino rolls over during turns even at low speeds on flat surfaces because it is top heavy, narrow, and the tires are too small.
Though Yamaha has made alternative safety measures available to customers, still no acknowledgement of responsibility has been made for a faulty design. Yamaha has merely made amendments to the Rhino owner’s manual and has offered advice for safer operation. The Rhino is still currently available for purchase, despite its unsafe reputation. Those involved in the unfortunate accidents believed to be attributed to the poor design of the Rhino have suffered from a wide variety of injuries. From severed limbs and head injuries to broken bones and numerous deaths, the list of those who have experienced a traumatic event as a result of the Yamaha Rhino continues to grow.