The new Sea-Doo Spark PWC model has proven quite popular with consumers, won a NMMA Innovation Award, and most dealers almost sold out of the price-conscious craft by early July. But a number of the innovative PWC's now face a voluntary recall at the height of the summer riding season.
According to BRP, the issue concerns the steering column/handlebar assembly on some craft, which the company says may have been incorrectly manufactured by a BRP supplier and may potentially break under “rough riding conditions.” According to the company release, “this could cause the operator to lose his balance and hit the personal watercraft resulting in serious injuries or even death.” Spark owners are urged to call an authorized BRP Sea-Doo watercraft dealer with their VIN numbers to see if they own an affected model, and if so, to make an appointment to have the craft repaired at no charge. A quick poll of dealers revealed that some are urging customers not to use their craft until the recall repairs are complete. For their part, BRP notes in the recall letter that as customers are now aware of the safety recall details, if they continue to operate their craft they do so at their own risk. This is the first true recall for the first-year Spark. In late April, BRP notified some owners of a faulty clip on the port side access cover, which could break if removed or installed incorrectly. Along with the notification BRP sent a replacement cover free of charge, making the fix a simple do-it-yourself for owners.