Skip to main content

Yamaha will appeal PWC crash verdict

Yamaha Motor Corp. USA plans to appeal a jury decision to award $39 million to two Florida families in a case involving a WaveRunner collision that left one teen dead and another injured.

“Yamaha is disappointed by the jury’s decision to find for the plaintiffs in this case involving a Yamaha WaveRunner and will pursue all appropriate legal remedies. The verdict is contrary to, and inconsistent with, other trials involving personal watercraft, and Yamaha believes that sufficient and substantial grounds exist to appeal this matter,” the company said in a statement e-mailed to Soundings Trade Only.

“Yamaha’s top priority is the safety of our customers, and we pride ourselves in the safety and quality of our products,” the company added. “The WaveRunner is a safe watercraft when driven responsibly.”

In June, a jury found Yamaha mostly responsible for a 2005 accident that killed 14-year-old Jaysell Perez and left Samantha Archer injured for life, according to a report in the Palm Beach Post. The jury also found 1 percent blame for both Archer and retired neurosurgeon Eugene Holly, who let the girls take out his WaveRunner.

Nicolette Archer, who took the girls to the party and gave them permission to ride, was held 10 percent responsible, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Attorney Robbie Baker, of Baker, Zimmerman & Perez, along with co-counsel David Kleinberg and Eric Ansel, accused Yamaha of failing to correct what it said was a known steering defect with the personal watercraft and then failing to adequately warn people that an operator could not steer without throttle.

Related

1_WHALESACTION

NMMA: Proposed Speed Rule an ‘Existential Threat’ to Industry

The association is calling on every marine brand, employee and boat owner to file public comment by Oct. 31 over a sweeping regulation to protect North Atlantic right whales.

1_AXOPAR

Axopar and Nimbus Renew Agreement

The boatbuilders have entered an agreement whereby Nimbus Group will retain exclusive rights to sell Axopar boats on the Swedish market.

1_IAN

Hurricane Ian Leaves Devastation in Florida

The storm left a wide swath of destruction, heavily impacting marine interests from Tampa Bay to Marco Island.

Norm

Email Is Your Ticket to Holiday Sales

Developing an effective email campaign can bolster sales and help fill winter coffers at your dealership.

1_NMRA

NMRA Presents Annual Awards

Edson CEO Will Keene and ComMar Sales president Tim Conroy were recognized for their contributions to the marine industry.

1_ PULSE.PING.2

DEALERS: Are Interest Rates Impacting Demand?

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers whether interest rate increases are causing a downturn in boat sales. Take the survey here.

1_EPROPULSION

EPropulsion, Mack Boring Partner with Crest

Pontoon builder Crest will use an ePropulsion Navy 3.0 Evo electric outboard motor and an E175 battery for its 2023 Current model.

1_BENETEAU

Beneteau Reports Significant H122 Growth

The company reported that its revenue grew 8.6 percent and income increased by 30 percent during the first half of 2022.