NHTSA investigating new reports of fires on Can-Am Spyders

Publish Date: 
Aug 8, 2014
By Mary Green Slepicka

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Federal safety investigators said they are looking into reports of new fires on Can-Am Spyder three-wheelers.

NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation said it has become aware of two recent fires that "appear to be unrelated" to  three recalls issued by BRP in the last 19 months (see below) that addressed defects which could results in a fire on the 12V-581 and 582 and 13V-386 models. 

ODI listed a July 20 fire involving a 2011 Spyder RT used as a traffic enforcement vehicle by the Morgantown, W.Va., police department, and a July 26 incident involving a 2013 Spyder RT SE5 which reportedly caught fire in the Mojave desert region of California. "ODI became aware of [the July 26] incident through a posting (with photos) on www.Spyderlovers.com," the agency said.

The ODI has opened a preliminary investigation into the following models:

  • 2013 Spyder
  • 2008-12 Spyder GS and RS
  • 2008-14 Spyder RT
  • 2010 Spyder RTS
  • 2013 Spyder ST

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