Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. recalls Rhino side-by-side vehicles

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Model Year 2008 Rhino YXR450 and YXR700 Side-by-Side Vehicles

Units: About 7,800

Distributor: Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A., of Cypress, Calif.

Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corp. of America, of Newnan, Ga.

Hazard: The brake caliper on the left front wheel could have been made incorrectly, resulting in brake fluid leaking. This can cause a loss of braking and control of the vehicle, posing a serious safety risk to the driver and passenger.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: This recall involves model year 2008 Rhino YXR450 and YXR700 Side-by-Side Vehicles as listed below:


Primary Identification Numbers

2008 Rhino 450


AJ32Y-001001 ~ 001598
AJ30Y-000501 ~ 000897
AJ34Y-000201 ~ 000794

2008 Rhino 700FI


AM16Y-000101 ~ 003000
AM20Y-000101 ~ 000700
AM18Y-000101 ~ 000800
AM23Y-000101 ~ 001000
AM21Y-000101 ~ 001200

The Primary Identification Number is stamped on the driver's side rear tire frame rail.

Sold by: Yamaha dealers nationwide from October 2007 through March 2008 for between $8,300 and $12,000.

Assembled in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Rhinos and contact any authorized Yamaha Rhino dealer to schedule a free repair. Registered owners were sent direct mail notification of this recall.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Yamaha at (800) 962-7926 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.yamaha-motor.com