NHTSA Probes 50,000 Spyder Motorcycles Over Fire Risk

By Lisa Ryan (August 8, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is probing more than 50,000 Can-Am Spyder vehicles after reports of two fires that occurred while the three-wheel motorcycles were in operation, according to documents posted on the agency's website.

The safety regulator announced the investigation in documents dated Aug. 4, saying its Office of Defects has opened a preliminary evaluation into reports that Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.'s 2008-14 Spyder models can catch fire. The probe will affect an estimated 52,408 motorcycles, the agency says.

The first reported fire involved a 2011 Spyder RT used in traffic enforcement by the Morgantown, W.V., police department, according...

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