Bombardier has issued two separate recalls for various models of its Can-Am Spyder. The first is for 2008-2009 GS and 2010 RS models. The fuel vapor canister vent hose in the engine compartment can leak, with accumulated fuel vapor a potential fire concern due to its proximity to the ignition. A bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates the recall, which affects 9,600 Spyders, is expected to begin next month, at which time owners can take their Spyders to their dealers for a fix free of charge.

The second recall covers 2008-2009 GS, 2009-2012 RS and 2010-2012 RT trikes. The models affected by the recall – 33,700 units in all – could have fuel caps that fail to fit properly onto their filler necks, which could also leak fuel vapors. The recall is also expected to begin next month, and Bombardier will send owners a new fuel cap. Two bulletins below from NHTSA below have all the details.
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Report Date: December 21, 2012 at 05:43 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V581000

Vehicle Model Year(s) Make / Model: 2008-2009 CAN-AM SPYDER GS, 2010 CAN-AM SPYDER RS
Manufacturer: Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.4
Report Receipt Date: DEC 12, 2012

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 9,600

Summary:
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) is recalling certain model year 2008-2009 Can-Am Spyder GS and model year 2010 Can-AM Spyder RS vehicles. Fuel vapors may exit the fuel vapor canister vent hose in the enclosed engine compartment.

Consequence:
Fuel vapors in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire and personal injury.

Remedy:
BRP will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel vapor canister vent hose and replace and re-route it, as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to in early January 2013. Owners may contact BRP AT 1-888-638-5397.

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Report Date: December 21, 2012 at 05:43 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V582000

Vehicle Model Year(s) Make / Model: 2008-2009 CAN-AM SPYDER GS, 2009-2012 CAN-AM SPYDER RS, 2010-2012 CAN-AM SPYDER RT
Manufacturer: Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.
Report Receipt Date: DEC 12, 2012

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:FILLER PIPE AND CAP
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33,700

Summary:
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 Can-Am Spyder GS, RS, and RT series vehicles. The fuel cap may not fit onto the fuel tank filler neck, preventing it from sealing properly.

Consequence:
If the fuel cap does not seal properly, it may leak fuel vapors. Fuel vapors in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire and personal injury.

Remedy:
BRP will notify owners and send them a replacement fuel cap, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in mid-January 2013. Owners may contact BRP AT 1-888-638-5397.

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Spyder is an excellent idea, but horrible execution. Despite its size, it has virtually no storage room. The traction control is VERY obtrusive, and its because the inherent design is so unstable with the trike configuration and a center of gravity so very high. The front is also so very wide, to the point you are about as wide as a compact car, and the overall weight renders the performance lackluster. They really need to either implement 1) a reclined seating position where the rider sits IN the bike with the legs straddling the engine in front of him, so the CG will be much lower and turns can be taken at speed. 2) A leaning trike design, of which there are multiple examples now and they drastically improve the performance, even if it can only lean 30o.
        inuvik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        I agree, the Spyder is a mess. Cool concept, horrible execution. Bombardier has issues with quality control. I live in a small town here in SE Oregon. The local Ford dealer sells Polaris ATV's & snowmobiles. Talking with some of the mechanics they stated that the owner chose a Polaris franchise due to their low reliability. Lots & lots of service work. It's amazing to see their fenced lot. There is almost always at least a dozen Polaris, Arctic Cats waiting to be repaired. I asked how many Yamaha's, Suzuki's or Honda's came through and the mechanic stated "virtually none". I also like your comment about a leaning trike, it would be cool to see a reliable manufacturer build one.
        carl.c3gm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        Keep in mind who is buying the Spyder (lots of grey hair). They want touring and safety. There are plenty of options for solo sport riding so one more reclined "leaner" will not do the same job. I suggest checking out the TigerCat from cy-car.com, then smile.
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's interesting and I'm always a proponent of creativity and variety, but I'm afraid this vehicle is sorely lacking in a number of areas, particularly in the handling and fun department. For that money (approx $20,000) I could get a great motorcycle and a great ATV and still have some left over for apparel and accessories.
      kevin
      • 2 Years Ago
      So it kills it self with fire? I fail to see why this is a problem.
      to your email L
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this the same Bombardier who made the monorail cars for the Las Vegas Monorail whose wheels kept falling off?
      TBN27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thipps: BRP was spun off from Bombardier after their financial restructuring. It was part of them 6 years ago and 6 and 10 years ago most of those products i mentioned were all inder one umbrella.
      Marcello
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had a very serious problem with my Spyder RSS 2011 with less 2.000 miles. The part above the back wheel where the identification plate is fixed, has broken totally and fall down in the street. Luckely I was driving lower than 60km/h, otherwise I could have suffered a terrible accident. I heard other Spyder owners faced similar problem. BRP "speech" is they have manufactured the vehicles considering carachteristics of roads in USA, Canadá and Europe, And structural problems may occur in countries of 3rd world like Brazil. So why BRP sell Spyders all over the world ??? Even worst is their distributors in Brazil are not assuming any responsability about it. Unfortunately I will have to put this case on my lawyers hands. Has anybody heard about this problem ???
        ghiggins8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marcello
        I lost three (3) tags from my RS over three years. Bad, bad design. The vibration would stress the metal at the bolts and the metal holding the tag would just break and go. I got a separate tag holder that was nice - vertical -lighted - and very safe - but got stopped by LEOs as the vertical tags are illegal in CA. (Can't be read by scanners.) All I can suggest is get a tag holder and install it higher where it is not stressed .
      Nicholas
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Spyder is a much smarter alternative to the ridiculously backwards idea of a Goldwing/Harley/Shadow trike with one front wheel and two back. They are extremely dangerous. The Spyder may look awkward, but it is still better than it's competitors which are not cars or bikes. Too bad it's catching fire though. I would still rather have a Spyder that may catch fire than a conventional trike.
      IOMTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      All the ATV and motorcycle dealers I do business with tell me Polaris has a poor reliability record with huge amounts of warranty service. But as another comment suggested, the service departments love the work. I really do not like the Spyder. It seems a very bad compromise as all the great things about a motorcycle have been taken out to the point of asking why you don't just buy a roadster like an MX5. You don't need to worry about wearing helmet and gear in a car. I guess I am not the target customer anyway. For the money these cost, I could have a nice used MX5 and a very nice motorcycle.
        King of Eldorado
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IOMTT
        Or for a little more than twice the price, a very cool new Morgan 3-Wheeler.
        Toronto St. Pats
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IOMTT
        I don't get it either. Most of the joy one derives from motorcycling is from being able to lean into a turn. If you take that away, you're right, might as well sit my ass down into a car.
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