By: Russell Maas | Published: January 11th, 2013
About 3,400 Can-Am Commander side-by-side off road vehicles have been recalled due steering problems, which could cause drivers to lose control.
The Can-Am Commander ATV recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on January 10, after the manufacturer, BRP Mexico S.A. de C.V., received at least three reports indicating the driver lost steering control. However, there have been no injuries or ATV accidents reported in connection with the recalled Can-Am Commander models.
According to the CPSC, the problem is due to improper assembly of the steering column to the rack and pinion. This causes loss of steering control, posing a risk of serious injury or death to the user, passenger or bystanders.
The ATV recall includes 2011 models Can-Am Commander 800 and 1000, Can-Am Commander XT 800R and 1000, and Can-am Commander X 1000. The recalled 2012 models included are the Can-Am Commander 800 and 1000, Can-Am Commander XT 800 and 1000, Can-Am Commander X 1000, and the Can-Am Commander Limited 1000. All models names are printed on the vehicle’s side panel.
The recalled ATV’s were manufactured in Mexico under BRP Mexico S.A. de C.V., of Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and sold at Can-Am dealers nationwide from April 2011 through December 2012 for between $11,700 and $21,000.
The CPSC recommends consumers stop using the recalled Can-Am Commander vehicles immediately and contact BPR toll-free at (888) 638-5307 to schedule a free repair or visit their website for additional information at www.canamoffroad.com and navigate to the “Recall Information” link.