• Jun 7, 2010
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Any time a vehicle manufacturer begins pushing the boundaries of technology, there are bound to be teething issues. Such is the case with the Can-Am Spyder, which is available with a semi-automatic transmission in addition to the standard hand-operated clutch and foot-operated shifter arrangement.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some 2010 models equipped with the optional semi-automatic transmission can potentially stall out when rolling to a stop as the clutch fails to disengage. If this happens and the Spyder is still in gear, it may be difficult or impossible to restart or push the vehicle off the road as the transmission locks the rear wheel.

Bombardier, makers of the Can-Am Spyder, is currently working to repair the vehicles at no cost to the owners. Check out the details of the recall after the break, along with information on how to contact Bombardier with questions.



[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
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Report Date : June 7, 2010 at 11:42 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number : 10V232000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
CAN-AM / ROADSTER SPYDER RS SE5 2010
CAN-AM / ROADSTER SPYDER RT SE5 2010

Manufacturer: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC. Mfr's Report Date: MAY 28, 2010

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V232000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: POWER TRAIN:CLUTCH ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1200

Summary:
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.

Consequence:
IF THIS HAPPENS, THE VEHICLE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO BE PUSHED OFF THE ROADWAY INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
BRP WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BRP AT 1-888-638-5397.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, with this kind of creativity BRP or Bombardier should enter the auto market, obviously when it's a bit more stable. Bring back the Canadian automotive industry with GOOD cars, and make us forget the Bricklin era.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i have spyder 08 love bike but can am and local dealer can not seem to fix stalling problem. it has been in shop 9 times in past 18 months and no better...can am canada said they would replace bike and then for some reason changed their mind and want me to bring bike in to give them an other chance to repair it... i think 10 times is enough and i will persue lemon law here in texas.;; snooker...ps it has set in shop 3 weeks at a time several times to be repaired...
      • 4 Years Ago
      CAN-AM is the leader in "trike" technology and a solid company that stands behind their products. When I test-rode the original Spyder I was hugely impressed at the the fit/finish/quality of the product but somewhat underwhelmed at the ergonomics. The Roadster has smoothed off the rough edges rather quickly. In terms of value-for-money, no other trike comes close. I want one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saw one of these on the road in Atlanta. Looked really cool and fun to ride. Though it probably isn't much safer than a motorcycle in a collision situation, I know a lot of bikers/scooterers that have had dangerous encounters with oil slicks and potholes, which wouldn't be a problem for this thing.

      Can-Am is a weird name.
      Valerie Lester Stacy
      • 2 Years Ago
      i have an 08 with 7500 miles & the clutch failed last week & ruined the motor & tranny beyond repair--just like the 10's that are under recall for the exact same thing, but can am doesn't want to make it right. they will not stand by their product. DO NOT BUY A CAN AM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they tell me it's $10,000 for a new motor & tranny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you haven't ridden one, it's not fair to comment on them being pointless. It rode completely different then my sport bike and was a lot of fun (once I quit trying to ride it like a bike). I have a friend who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident and he's been wanting one of these since they came out and an automatic transmission makes it that much better for him. It would also be a good vehicle for my wife. I would not buy one for a very simple stupid reason, it takes up to much room in my garage for a toy, whereas my bike takes up very little room.
      • 4 Years Ago
      By the way, the company is not Bombardier, it's BRP.

      Bombardier and BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) are 2 separate companies since 2004 : the first one makes trains and aircrafts while the latter manufactures See-Doos, Ski-Doos, ATVs and the Can-Am...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since I;ve ridden my spyder I'll never go back to two wheels.
      jholladay.john
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a e-5 spider which is causing the filter on the transmission to fail in about 200 miles,causing hesitation on shifting and loud clanging when shifting from neutral to first gear,or neutral to reverse at a stopped posision causing a lot of movment when not braking, this unit is 2008 spider, does anyone else have this problem and what can cure this. my contract is running out in july and I don't want to be stuck with repair bill because dealer says they can't find the problem.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know how "boundary pushing" it is. It's a snowmobile with wheels. *yawn*
      • 4 Years Ago
      The cool thing about this Can Am gimmick is for about the same money, you get 3 wheel, not 2. Spend the proper time to do the math and dude, this 3 roller is a V A L U E. Rock on Canada!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can they be recalled due to massive pointlessness?
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