BRP Recalls 1200 Can-Am Spyders

June 4, 2010
Bart Madson
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BRP issues a recall for 1200 of its semi-automatic Can-Am Spyder Roadster SE5s because of potential clutch problems.

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) has issued a recall for its popular Can-Am Spyder Roadster. The issue affects 1200 models of the semi-automatic transmission SE5 Roadsters. The problem pertains to the clutch, which may stall at stop and cause the bike to not restart and become immobilized. The recall, issued on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations website summarizes the problem as follows:

“BRP is recalling certain model year 2010 Spyder RS SE5 2nd Series and RT SE5 Roadsters. When bringing a vehicle equipped with the SE5 semi-automatic transmission to a full stop, the clutch may remain engaged stalling the engine. Once the engine is stalled, it could be impossible to re-start and the rear wheel could be blocked.”

The consequences of the above scenario are further described in the NHTSA announcement: “…The vehicle may not be able to be pushed off the roadway increasing the risk of a crash.”

The NHTSA reports that BRP will notify affected owners, with dealers repairing the bikes free of charge. BRP has not provided the NHTSA with a notification schedule.

Concerned riders can contact BRP at 1-88-638-5397. They can also reach the NHTSA for more details at the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline: 1-888-327-4236 (1-800-424-9153) or www.safercar.gov .

The Spyder Roadster SE5 RT was also recalled late last year due to a problem with the ignition switch harness (Limited 2010 Can-Am Spyder Recall).

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