The Can-Am Spyder RT has been subjected to another recall, proving that there seems to be no end in sight for the reverse trike’s multitude of issues. Not surprisingly, the latest recall is also fire hazard-related, similar to previous safety concerns that have plagued earlier versions of the model.

Almost 7,100 units of the Spyder RT are affected by the recall, all of which are units made from 2013. Even earlier models, those built from 2008 to 2012, are also being investigated for a similar problem, even though a recall to fix the same issue was already made back in 2012.

As if that’s not enough, the Can-Am DS 70 and DS 90, two ATVs designed for children, are reportedly capable of being faster than what Can-Am intended for these age-specific categories. That might not be too much of an issue for adults, but for young kids, it’s a pretty serious one. The specific details of the problem have yet to be divulged, but it appears that these vehicles are capable of exceeding speeds of 15 mph, which is the legal limit for the age categories that they’re homologated for.

Certain models of the DS 70 and DS 90 are also under threat of malfunctioning brakes, which would be a bigger headache for Can-Am in the event a young child gets hurt from this particular issue.

All in all, 2,385 units of the DS 70 and DS 90 have been tagged for recall with models ranging from as early as 2008 all the way to the current batch of 2015 models.

Continue reading to read more about Can-Am’s latest round of recall issues.

Why it matters

This should come as no surprise anymore since the words “Can-Am” and “recall” have become synonymous with each other in recent memory. There have been so many recalls of the Spyder RT in the past that the latest one was actually just three months ago. You would think that at some point, all the things that are wrong with the Spyder RT would be fixed by now.

Sadly, the Spyder RT is still dealing with a multitude of problems, including this latest round of recalls that involves certain parts of the trike that were supposed to have been fixed from a previous recall. It’s hard to see how Bombardier Recreational Products can continue to have a straight face on the proceedings, knowing full well that the one of its most high-profile models continues to be subjected to this embarrassment.

It’s drawing closer and closer to the point wherein questions of the Spyder RT’s overall reliability should be brought out in the open. It’s one thing to have one recall; it’s another thing to have two recalls in a span of three months that has the same problem of “excessive heat in the engine compartment.”

At some point, BRP really needs to get its own act together. A similar recall of the DS 70 and the DS 90 models is a similar headache and, as far as I’m concerned, is actually worse than the recall on the Spyder RT since kids and young adults are the ones using these two models.

I can’t for the life of me understand how something like this can go unnoticed by the people who are building these ATVs. I’m sure BRP has a quality control team that tests out these ATVs before they go to dealerships, right? I’m right about that, right? How then can these people not discover that some of these ATVs are capable of exceeding their federally mandated speed limits?

A lot of people within BRP dropped the ball on this one and if I were running the company, I wouldn’t hesitate to let a lot of heads roll too.

Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

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