Bombardier recalled models of their Can Am Spyder motorcycle in 2012 and 2013 for spontaneous fires. Now the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating two recent fires involving the motorcycle in that country.
Documents indicate fire occurred while the Spyder motorcycles were being used by the Morgantown, West Virginia, Police Department and another in the Mojave Desert in California. Injuries were avoided in each instance, although the police motorcycle was a total loss.
Sources suggest for the moment, the two fires appear to be unrelated to prior recalls. Last year, 8,200 Spyders were recalled because brake fluid leaks could cause fires. In 2012, 34,000 bikes were recalled because fuel vapors could leak from ill-fitting gas caps. Also in 2012, fuel vapors could exit a vent hose in the engine compartment on 9,600 bikes.
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