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Bombardier Can-Am Spyder fire risks spark two sudden recalls

Posted Dec 21st 2012 5:00PM

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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.

Click here to view the two detailed bulletins below from NHTSA.


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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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