Owners of 2017 Can-Am Outlander and Outlander Max ATVs are instructed to stop using them until a defective dynamic power steering shaft is replaced by authorized dealers
A wide recall notification has been issued by Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), and it targets the owners and users of the 2017 Can-Am Outlander and Outlander Max all-terrain vehicles. The notification letter forbids riding the affected vehicles, as they pose a serious crash hazard.
No less than 8 individual models are affected by the recall, with 450 and 570 engines, as follows: Outlander DPS 570 EFI, Outlander DPS 450 EFI, Outlander XT 570 EFI, Outlander Hunter Edition 570 EFI, Outlander XMR 570 EFI, Outlander MAX DPS 570 EFI, Outlander MAX DPS 450 EFI, and Outlander MAX XT 570 EFI, all model year 2017. These ATVs have been sold in yellow, green, camo, pure magnesium, red, white, and black color trims.
The problem consists of a defective dynamic power steering shaft that might break under certain conditions, with an immediate impact on steering. Needless to say, loss of steering control can lead to crashes, injuries or even death.
So far, the manufacturer received 13 reports of broken shafts worldwide, of which two in the US, and is contacting all known purchasers directly. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported at the time of publishing.
Can-Am specifies that the defect can only be repaired by an authorized dealer, and consumers should not attempt to fix the vehicles themselves. Dealers will carry out the repair free of charge, and an appointment may be needed prior to taking the affected ATVs to a repair workshop.
People who own a 2017 Can-Am ATV but are not sure whether their model is affected are instructed to look for the model number printed on the side panels of the vehicles. Also, they can check Can-Am’s website www.can-am.brp.com and go to Owner Center, then Safety for more info. In case they need to verify the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), they can find it printed on the frame under the seat in the middle, and on the frame behind the right front wheel.
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