Can-Am Commander ATV Recall Issued Over Steering Problems

  • Written by: Russell Maas

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 and navigate to the “Recall Information” link.

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  1. Scotty Reply

    I did purchase a 2012 comander x in March of 2012. I have had several issues with this vehicle. I have rolled it on its side three times at a very cautious an low speed. One in which my wife was seriously injured an had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. I have ridden an owned many ATV’s , motorcycles, an various off an on road vehicles with no real problems with being able to control them. This is why I have been so destrought by my accidents involving the commander x. Until I heard of these recalls. I was at the dealer in which I purchased the ATV (macs cycle in Danville wv ) April 3 2014 an found out about this last recall.

  2. Kevin Reply

    I have a 2012 Can Am Commander 1000. This Can Am Commander 1000 was manufactured in Mexico on 8/2012 which falls in the time frame of the recall but my model number is not on the recall that Can Am issues on 12/2012 and Can Am refuses to fix the problem. On 12/14/14 I had the issue of steering lose while riding in the woods and hit a tree. I have called BRP “Can Am” and they will not help. All they say is call your local dealer. I have called several Can Am dealerships and they say there have been several incidents with this year model of Can Am but Can Am doesn’t cover it because that model number is not included in the recall that Can Am issued. This is practically a new bike with 87 hours and 500 miles. Bet when there’s a fatality with this Can Am model BRP will change their mind. I will never buy another BRP “Can Am” product again.

  3. Gordon Reply

    I have a 2012 Commander XT 1000, and have had it approximately 3 years. Have not had any major issues until 2 weeks go when after jump the right front tire snapped causing it to flip and roll around 5 or 6 times.The roll bar held up even though it bent but 2 feet to the right. The frame on the right side is bent and lots of broken fiberglass. I called BP in reference to the recall and was told mine was not on the recall list. When the commander come down there was no control of the steering wheel which caused it to go to the left snapping the front axle and causing it to start flipping. Now I have a totaled commander

  4. dee Reply

    my 2013 can am commander lost steering 9/5/15 due to the same problems as the 2011 and 2012,s the shaft of the rack and pinion ate out the shaft from the power steering box. unless the two shafts are perfectly aligned it will continue to happen.

  5. Troy Reply

    same thing happened to my 2013 can am commander today! Luckily I was going slow and didn’t lose control!! should recall all these vehicles to make sure there are no problems with the steering in any of them before somebody gets killed!!!

  6. tony Reply

    same thing with my 2013…. lucky I was just turning around in my driveway. my warranty doesn’t cover it. I sure like my commander and have done many awesome trips with it. I hope to get some help from can-am repairs are expensive and hard to do

  7. john Reply

    I own a 2012 x-commander 1000 and it has about 175 hours on it and I noticed the steering acting funny around 140 hours but last week I got in it and went down the road and turned around in the drive way and started to turn out on the road and it didn’t turn and went strait across the road luckily I wasn’t going fast and was able to stop before going in the woods and hitting the trees in front of me

  8. Matt Reply

    I have a 2013 commander built at the same Mexico plant mfg date was 07/12 and mine went out luckily I was only doing around 20 when it happen, they need to fix this I could’ve been killed what would’ve happen if my kids was with me

  9. Vince Reply

    I have a 2013 Commander 1000 Limited. On March 7 I was on a mountain trail and flipped on my side. Luckily I was going slow and no injuries. When we got it upright we discovered we had lost steering. The dealer checked the VIN and said there was no recall on this model year. When we got it apart we saw the problem was the splines were stripped in the coupler.

  10. Rick Reply

    I received a recall for steering problems on my 2013 Commander Side by side. The letter said not to use it until it was repaired but the parts were not available yet. So I had a $25K side by side sitting for months that I couldn’t use. My dealer who is two hours away is still waiting for the parts. Seems to me that BRP should be offering some for of compensation.

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