Yamaha Motor Corporation has been slapped with a $3.3 million jury verdict for role in manufacturing “Rhino” ATVs, which have a tendency of overturning and crushing the limbs of drivers.
The lawsuit was decided in favor of a Pensacola, Florida woman Jackie McMahon, who had severe injuries to her limbs as a result
Jackie McMahon, of Pensacola, Fla., was driving the four-wheeler on a family farm in Alabama when she tried to make a right turn and the vehicle overturned on top of her, causing serious injuries to her limbs.
Yamaha has been sued numerous times since the Rhino came onto the market in 2003. In 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said 70 deaths were reported in Rhino crashes.
McMahon’s $3.3 million verdict also included $2 million in punitive damages for Yamaha’s reckless conduct in keeping the vehicle on the market, despite all of the complaints that came in.