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