Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) is recalling certain model year 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT series and ST series motorcycles. The tandem brake master cylinder manifold inlet may melt allowing the brake fluid to leak out. Brake fluid may leak onto a heat source, increasing the risk of a fire. BRP will notify owners and dealers will install heat shields and a heat deflector, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early September 2013. Owners may contact BRP at 1-888-638-5397. 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.
Marcus Benard, a defensive end for the Cleveland Browns, has pled not guilty to two charges stemming from his October wreck of his Can-Am Spyder. Benard broke his hand and sustained other injuries in the wreck which has ended his 2011-2012 season.
A witness told police that Benard was traveling at “a high rate of speed” before he crossed four lanes of traffic and slammed into a guard rail, where police estimated Benard traveled over 200 feet in the air after impact.
The team has decided it will keep Benard, despite his contract violation which forbids him from sky diving and riding motorcycles. A pre-trial hearing has been set for Nov. 21, 2011.
BRP is recalling about 160 model year 2011 SPYDER RT SM5 ROADSTERS. According to the recall, a defective reverse actuator cable may allow the Roadster to inadvertently engage reverse without depressing the reverse button during down shifting.
Owners should be aware that if this happens while the vehicle is moving forward, the rear wheel could lock and cause a skid, and the engine stall. If this happens while the vehicle is stopped, the vehicle could back up without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.
Dealers will check the proper operation of the reverse actuator and if defective will be replaced free of charge.The recall began Feb 11, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BRP AT 1-888-638-5397 or the THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236
BRP is recalling certain model year 2010 SPYDER RS SE5 2ND SERIES AND RT SE5 ROADSTERS, for potential problems with the automatic transmission. When stopping the models equipped with the SE% semi-automatic transmission, the clutch may remain engaged, stalling the engine. Once that happens it could be impossible to re-start the vehicle which would lock the rear wheel and render it unable to be pushed off the roadway which could result in a rear end collision. BRP will notify owners and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. BRP has not yet notified NHTSA with a notification schedule. Owners mayy contact BRP AT 1-888-638-5397