The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced the recall of about 820 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX4 1000 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). Yamaha has suggested consumers stop using the vehicles and contact an authorized Yamaha dealer to schedule a free repair.
Shock Absorber Mounts May Break, Posing Crash Hazards
The recall affects 2021 Wolverine RMAX4 ROVs with the following model numbers:
The side-by-side vehicles were sold at Yamaha dealers nationwide between October 2020 and December 2020 for between $21,300 and $25,300. They came in blue, green, and gray with the model number located near the front left corner of the driver’s seat. The VIN can be found on the frame at the left rear.
Manufactured in Japan and imported by Yamaha in Cypress, California, the vehicles have rear shock absorber mounts that may break, posing crash and injury hazards. Yamaha has reportedly received one report of the rear shock absorber breaking loose, but so far no injuries have been reported.
Consumers are advised to stop using the vehicles and contact their local dealerships for a free repair. For more information, call Yamaha at 800-962-7926 anytime or check their online recall alerts.
Yamaha Recalls Grizzly ATVs and Wolverine X2 ROVs Due to Incorrect User’s Manual
Yamaha implemented another side-by-side recall in June 2019. That recall affected about 1,500 Grizzly ATVs and Wolverine X2 ROVs sold between June 2018 and May 2019 at Yamaha dealers nationwide. Purchasers were given a defective owner’s manual which shows the correct model on the cover but contains contents that are for another model.
Yamaha told consumers to immediately contact Yamaha for a free replacement owner’s manual. The company also contacted all registered owners directly by U.S. mail, sending them free replacement manuals.
There were no reported injuries related to this recall.
Safety Tips When Operating ROVs
According to the CPSC, ROVs have become very popular in the past few years, but some designs have proven to be less safe than others. Between January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2011, a total of 826 victims were involved in 428 incidents in ROVs, with 231 ROV-related fatalities. A total of 33 percent occurred in children younger than 16 years of age.
Of the 619 victims injured or killed in those 428 incidents, most (66 percent) were in the front seat of the ROV, either as a passenger or driver, when the incidents occurred. About 46 percent weren’t wearing a seat belt. There were also 388 reported injuries, ranging from minor to severe, of which 23 percent were in children under 16.
The CPSC has been working with manufacturers since 2009 to improve the safety of these vehicles, and suggests these tips for consumers:
- Always fasten your seat belt.
- Wear a helmet and other protective gear.
- Avoid paved surfaces—ROVs are designed to be operated off-highway.
- Drive only in designated areas at safe speeds.
- Use care when turning and crossing slopes—ROVs are known to overturn.
- Never drive or ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Never drive an ROV unless you’re 16 or older and have a valid driver’s license.
Never carry more passengers than the ROV is designed for.