Can-Am recalls 5,000 Spyders for fire hazard

Publish Date: 
Sep 6, 2013
By Mary Slepicka

WASHINGTON, D.C. - BRP is recalling more than 5,000 model year 2013 Can-Am Spyder RTs and STs to fix a problem associated with leaking brake fluid and a potential fire, NHTSA announced.

According to the recall, under certain riding conditions the tandem brake master cylinder manifold inlet may melt. This would allow the brake fluid to drip; if it drips onto a heat source, it would increase the risk of a fire.

"BRP is aware of three fires that could be linked to this issue,"stated Marie-Claude Simard, manager of public safety at BRP, in her letter reporting the issue to NHTSA. 

BRP began its investigation after the first fire was reported on June 21; that incident occurred in a closed course environment, Simard stated. Two other fires were reported on Aug. 1 and Aug. 8.

No injuries were reported in any of the reported cases, she noted.

Dealers are asked to install heat shields and a heat deflector free of charge. The number of Spyders affected by the recall is 5,042, according to documents.