In a News 10 consumer alert---
If you have one of these Yamaha off-road vehicles--- you need to take it in for a repair.
Yamaha says there are some safety issues with its Rhino 450 and 650 models-- after reports of nearly fifty driver and passenger deaths.
More than two-thirds of the incidents involved rollovers and many involved unbelted riders. Of the rollover-related deaths and hundreds of injuries, some of which were serious, many appear to involved turns at relatively low speeds and on level terrain.
Owners can contact Yamaha at 1-800-962-7926 to schedule a free repair.
In addition to the free repair program, Yamaha has also agreed to suspend the sale of these models until they are repaired.
About 120,000 of the 450 and 650 model Rhinos have been distributed nationwide since Fall 2003. Some units have been equipped by Yamaha with half doors and additional passenger handholds, either before or after the sale.
Once the repair is made, Rhino users should always wear a helmet and seatbelt and follow safety instructions. The Rhino is only recommended for operators 16 and older with a valid driver's license. All passengers must be tall enough to place both feet on the floorboard with their back against the seat back.
Volkswagen is recalling the 2009 CC to fix a problem that could keep the front passenger-side airbag from deploying in a crash.
This is the second recall for this model--- the first time around it was because of a faulty steering system.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some affected vehicles may have an incorrectly routed right front passenger-seatbelt buckle wiring harness, creating the potential for wires to become damaged when the seat is moved fully up or down or fore and aft. If this wiring damage occurs, the airbag control module will switch to a fallback algorithm and deactivate the passenger's front airbag. Vehicle occupants will be made aware of this airbag deactivation when both the airbag warning light in the instrument cluster and the passenger 'off' lamp illuminate.
Dealers will inspect and adjust the routing of the right front passenger seatbelt wiring harness. If a damaged wiring harness is found, the harness will be replaced for free.
The recall is expected to begin in April. Owners can contact VW at (800) 822-8987.