2013 Model Year Can-Am Spyder RT Recall

February 26, 2015
Byron Wilson
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Bombardier Recreational Products has issued a recall for all 2013 model year Can-Am Spyder RT motorcycles, according to a notice provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The issue is described in a defect notice submitted to the NHTSA on February 13, 2015:“Under very hot ambient conditions and low speed riding, the temperature in the engine compartment may rise and thereby increase the risk of a skin burn or a vehicle fire.”BRP estimates that 100% of the 5165 units included in the recall are affected by the issue.

The defect notice goes on to indicate that an investigation was opened by the NHTSA at the end of January 2015 and that, following those tests, BRP chose to initiate a worldwide recall on all 2013 RT models. There’s no mention of any customer complaints or injuries associated with the issue in the defect notice.

BRP sent letters to dealers on February 17, 2015 to inform them of the recall. Repairs will be made free of charge, but “the parts required to provide a remedy to this condition are not currently available and will become available starting May 2015.”

Owners may continue using their vehicles in the interim, but BRP has provided these cautions when ambient temperature exceeds 30C/85F:

“Avoid idling or slow traffic riding for a long period of time.
“Avoid parking in an enclosed area immediately after your ride, let your vehicle cool down first.
“Avoid prolonged direct contact with body panels; wear appropriate riding gear as stated in the Operator’s Guide.”

Owners of affected models may contact BRP customer service at 1-888-272-9222 for more information.

Owners may also go to www.safercar.gov or call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for additional information. The NHTSA campaign ID number is 15V095000.