A pair of recalls for fuel vapor leaks on Can-Am Spyder roadsters has expanded to the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one recall affects 9,600 units from model years 2008-2010 while the second, larger recall affects 33,700 from model years 2008-2012. An earlier recalls from Transport Canada affects 9400 units for the a fuel cap issue and 2,431 units for a fuel vapor canister vent hose issue.

The smaller recall (NHTSA campaign ID #12V581000) applies to Can-Am Spyder GS units from model years 2008 and 2009 as well as a limited quantity of 2010 Can-Am Spyder RS units. According to documents released by NHTSA, fuel vapors may escape from the fuel vapor canister vent hose within the engine compartment. In the presence of an ignition source, the vapors may ignite, resulting in a fire.

The larger recall (NHTSA campaign ID #12V582000) applies to Spyder GS models from model years 2008-2009, Spyder RS models from 2009-2012 and Spyder RT models from 2010-2012. According to the recall documents, the fuel cap on the affected units may not properly form a seal with the fuel tank filler neck. Fuel vapors may thus escape from the fuel cap, also creating a fire risk.

According the the recall documents, Bombardier Recreational Products received four vehicle fire claims in May 2009, all involving a 2008 GS model. Those fires occurred when the vehicle was stopped or moving at very slow speeds. BRP initiated an investigation and identified fuel vapors from the vapor canister vent hose as a potential cause but could find no pattern of causation.

BRP continued to monitor the situation and received reports of additional vehicle fires. Some of those reports also appeared to be related to the fuel vapor canister vent hose. BRP continued its investigation, expanding it to include 2009 models including the RS. Further reports continued to come in, and BRP tried to identify potential differences in fuel, electrical systems, seats, and the electrostatic charge qualities of fuel lines and connectors on fuel vapor sources.

In February 2012, BRP confirmed the fuel vapor canister vent hoses and fuel caps may be a potential source of some of the reported fires. BRP concluded its investigation on Dec. 4 and determined there was an unreasonable risk of harm and initiated the recalls. As of Dec. 11, BRP says it was aware of 12 fires linked to the fuel vapor canister vent hoses and 18 fires linked to the fuel cap.

Dealers will inspect recalled units and, where it applies, replace the fuel cap with an improved cap and install or re-route fuel vapor canister hoses.

[Source: NHTSA]

  • Kenneth Lane

    Well this is a bit disconcerting but I’m glad the BRP folks are on top of it. I did notice fuel vapor smells a couple of times and investigated myself but could find no cause. I’ll take a closer look now—
    By the way, this is one fine machine!

  • James Grey

    The recall has also made it to Australia. Thanks for running this article. I’ve not had this problem with mine so far, the spyder has been fantastic.

  • Eddie Sheppard

    UK Spyder RT Owner
    I have checked with the BRP Official website where it gives details of the new Fuel Cap – I have checked my Fuel Cap and I have the old one fitted therefore I will expect BRP to replace with the new one asap

  • Juan Carlos

    En España también nos van a cambiar el tapón de gasolina.
    Felices Fiestas para todos.
    Juan Carlos

  • Geoff Clayton

    Since taking delivery of my RT in March 2011 there has been the smell of petrol vapor in my garage. I noticed that others writing of their RS and RT experiences on SpyderLovers.com reported a similar issue with their machines. Now, it seems, it is “official”, Spyders CAN spontaneously combust. Let’s be careful out there!

  • Roberto A. Diaz

    I have also smell gas after riding my RT
    Limited every time.

  • phil

    After sitting two days the spyder starts but real high revs and rough running,,,,,,,,,,anyone else?

  • Richard

    I have been complaining about a fuel small when coming off the highway and driving slow on hot days since I purchased my 2008 Spyder in early 2009. I hope this resolves the issue.