Yamaha served with $3.3M penalty for product liability

The Alabama Supreme Court served a $3.3 million penalty, a reward that, thus far, is the largest awarded to any plaintiff regarding the cases filed against Yamaho for its Rhino model, against vehicle manufacturer Yamaha last week for creating a defective product that injured a local woman in 2007.

The court found in favor of Jackie McMahon on Wednesday, May 1, after more than five hours of deliberation against Cypress, California-based Yamaha, for supposedly engaging in wanton conduct with regards to the design, marketing, manufacturing, and sale of its Rhino Model 660 UTV vehicle.

Lawyers for the plaintiff posited that Yamaha continued to sell the vehicle even when the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission had said it might classify the Rhino as a Hazard A, which means that the vehicle’s defect is likely to cause injury or even death.

A Montgomery jury formerly declared Yamaha not liable for the plaintiff’s common law wantonness claim.

At Yearout & Traylor, P.C., our lawyers value the safety of people and believe in their right to seek compensation for instances when a company fails to deliver on the quality of its goods and products, causing them injury. Call 205-414-8160 to discuss your situation with us if this describes a situation that has affected you.

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