Georgia Court of Appeals Reverses Trial Court Ruling Regarding Yamaha Rhino, Orders Judgment for Yamaha

With Ruling in McTaggart vs Yamaha, Yamaha Now Victorious in all Rhino Cases that have Gone to Trial

CYPRESS, CA – November 16, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The Court of Appeals of Georgia today unanimously reversed a trial court’s May 2010 decision in favor of plaintiffs and ordered judgment for Yamaha in McTaggart vs Yamaha, a case involving an accident on a Yamaha Rhino. The Court of Appeals’ decision means that courts in all nine cases that have gone to trial have rejected plaintiffs’ claims and found in favor of Yamaha.

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

The testimony and evidence presented during the trial showed that this unfortunate incident had nothing to do with the design of the product. The incident illustrates the importance of following the safety guidelines posted on the vehicle and the owner’s manual. The Rhino is a safe and useful off-road vehicle when driven responsibly. Drivers and passengers should wear helmets, protective gear including foot wear, and the vehicle’s three-point seat belts at all times.

Yamaha’s top priority is the safety of our customers, and we pride ourselves in the safety and quality of our products.

To learn more about the Yamaha Rhino, visit our website

Note to Editor: This statement can be attributed to Van Holmes, ATV/SxS Public Relations Manager, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

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


Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
Van Holmes, 714-761-7370



  1. Yeah, a court with common sense. It’s about time that the courts start putting responsibility back on the shoulders, or should I say, into the heads of consumers. People have to start taking responsibility for their own actions and quit trying to blame everyone else and profit by their own mistakes.
    There are some other court cases pending right now, specifically one in which a boat was being operated by an intoxicated operator and was over the maximum allowed number of occupants. A lower court found that the boat was faulty in its design. Come on higher courts, throw this one out too.

  2. Common sense won today, but wait until the next person in tank top, shorts and flip flops rides some other off road vehicle unsafely.

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