Sixth Jury Verdict for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.; Ohio Jury Rejects Plaintiff’s Claims Regarding Yamaha Rhino

Yamaha Statement on Sand vs Yamaha Decision in Warren County, OH

CYPRESS, CA – March 21, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – A jury in Warren County, Ohio today rejected the plaintiffs’ claims and returned a defense verdict in Sand vs Yamaha, a case involving a fatal accident on a Yamaha Rhino. This verdict in favor of Yamaha marks the sixth time overall that a jury has rejected plaintiffs’ claims regarding the Rhino.

Yamaha is saddened whenever anyone is injured in a Yamaha product-related accident and we strongly urge all our customers to always operate the products in a safe and responsible manner. The testimony and evidence during the trial showed that this tragic incident had nothing to do with the design of the product, and underscores the importance of following the safety recommendations on our products and in the owner’s manual. The Rhino is a two-person vehicle, and drivers should be at least 16-years-old with a valid driver’s license, while passengers must be tall enough to place both feet flat on the floorboard with his or her back against the seat back and be able to reach the passenger hand holds. Drivers and passengers should at all times wear helmets, protective gear and the vehicle’s three-point seat belts.

The Rhino is a safe and useful off-road vehicle when driven responsibly, and has won virtually every “first in class” award and top safety ratings in independent reviews since its introduction.

Yamaha stands firmly behind the Rhino and will continue to vigorously defend the product.

To learn more about the Yamaha Rhino, visit our website www.truthaboutrhino.com.

About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, offers the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding line of products also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, race kart engines, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1977, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamaha-motor.com.

Contacts

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
Van Holmes, 714-761-7370
van_holmes@yamaha-motor.com

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