Bombardier has issued a recall for a number of 2008 and 2009 Can Am Spyder Roadsters for a problem related to high steering effort under certain conditions when the vehicle is drifting. The description is a little vague and “appropriate components” will be replaced. I wonder what that means. I also wonder how much of this is related to riders getting accustomed to a new type of vehicle. Whatever the case, there is a recall to deal with it. Details below.
Manufacturer: Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.
Models affected: 2008-2009 Can-Am Spyder Roadsters
NHTSA Campaign Number: 09V162000
Potential Units Affected: 9932
Problem: Bombardier is recalling 9,932 model year 2008-2009 Can-Am Spyder Roadsters. A condition may exist where the operator of an involved vehicle may need to exert a force greater than expected to initiate the turning of the steering handlebar off center in order to correct vehicle drift from a straight line path. This higher than expected steering control input torque may cause a steering angle overshoot and an unexpected deviation of the vehicle from the operator’s intended path. If this occurs, it can lead to a temporary out of lane excursion of the vehicle which increases the possibility of a crash with other traffic and or a drive off the road.
Corrective Action: Dealers will inspect and replace/repair the appropriate components free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Bombardier at 1-888.272.9222.