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Hello Everyone,

This weekend we were out on the Colorado River in Arizona and had a series of unfourtunate evets happen to my 3up Sea Doo Spark. While I was out, I was cut off and in turn ended up submarining quite a large wake (4-5ft). This in turn threw me over the handle bars. Little did I know that the handlebars would still fully be in tact in my hand and my ski went motoring away without me. The handlebars snapped right at the base and came off clean, and ripped the ignition wiring preventing the ski from shutting off, even though the lanyard was disconnected. Lukily a ranger boat was nearby and saw the whole thing happen and was able to disconnect the battery with the ski tied up to the boat at idle. Now I am left with and torn left hamstring from the handlebards, a spark that is in the shop indefinitely and a bill from (damages not caused by the recall).

Unfourtunately I did not recieve a recall notification or have any knowledge regarding it until this happened and I started researching this issue. Just want to let everyone know that this recall is no game, it can kill you if you happen to be in the wrong spot at the wrong timen (just missed slicing my femoral artery by about 3mm.

Other than that, I hope everyone is enjoying their skis and riding them to the fullest, as that is why we bought them. This is by no means a slam to Sea Doo or BRP, its just something that I would like to educate people with for those of you who are 'waiting to complete the recall'.

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Hi. That's really nasty. Hope that you are OK.
Two interesting questions:
1. I wonder what parts are affected, and what is done at the recall. It appears that the entire steering column needs to be replaced, and not just the handlebars.
2. I will also like to know what BRP's liability is? They seem to be quite slow in sending out the recall notices. This has been a known issue for many months. I have my ski for 4 months now, and only received my recall letter this week.
 

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I don't understand how the ski ran when the lanyard was pulled off.
The recall was for a certain amount of skis built a certain time.
If you look at the picture, it is just the handlebars that broke off.


I have 21hrs now on mine and don't treat it nice. I also got my letter that the ski is on the recall list.
 

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Hello Everyone,

This weekend we were out on the Colorado River in Arizona and had a series of unfourtunate evets happen to my 3up Sea Doo Spark. While I was out, I was cut off and in turn ended up submarining quite a large wake (4-5ft). This in turn threw me over the handle bars. Little did I know that the handlebars would still fully be in tact in my hand and my ski went motoring away without me. The handlebars snapped right at the base and came off clean, and ripped the ignition wiring preventing the ski from shutting off, even though the lanyard was disconnected. Lukily a ranger boat was nearby and saw the whole thing happen and was able to disconnect the battery with the ski tied up to the boat at idle. Now I am left with and torn left hamstring from the handlebards, a spark that is in the shop indefinitely and a bill from (damages not caused by the recall).

Unfourtunately I did not recieve a recall notification or have any knowledge regarding it until this happened and I started researching this issue. Just want to let everyone know that this recall is no game, it can kill you if you happen to be in the wrong spot at the wrong timen (just missed slicing my femoral artery by about 3mm.

Other than that, I hope everyone is enjoying their skis and riding them to the fullest, as that is why we bought them. This is by no means a slam to Sea Doo or BRP, its just something that I would like to educate people with for those of you who are 'waiting to complete the recall'.

I will upload pics in the next post
That really sucks!! So is your Spark included in the recall? I ask that because some were not involved in the recall, You may have just found the limitations of the design, doing what you did is not normal riding! The handle bar update isn't going to replace the old ones with steel bars or anything much stronger than what they are now, from what I have heard is they had an issue with the supplier making the parts and some of the parts were manufactured incorrectly, they know there are some bad ones out there but they aren't sure which ones so they are replacing all of them except the ones they know are good.

That's pretty crazy that the tether was off and it was still running! I would imagine Brp would want to know about that!!
 

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Hi. That's really nasty. Hope that you are OK.
Two interesting questions:
1. I wonder what parts are affected, and what is done at the recall. It appears that the entire steering column needs to be replaced, and not just the handlebars.
2. I will also like to know what BRP's liability is? They seem to be quite slow in sending out the recall notices. This has been a known issue for many months. I have my ski for 4 months now, and only received my recall letter this week.
the steering column and handlebars are all one piece, they reuse your old grips, throttle and Ibr levers, centre bar cover and trim pieces that go over throttle and Ibr switches.

recall came out about month ago, people started talking about it a few months ago, it takes time to investigate what was happening and to get solution sorted out, recalls don't get identified overnight, not sure why you just got your notice, I got mine less than a week after the recall was issued and had the work done the next week!
 

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the steering column and handlebars are all one piece, they reuse your old grips, throttle and Ibr levers, centre bar cover and trim pieces that go over throttle and Ibr switches.

recall came out about month ago, people started talking about it a few months ago, it takes time to investigate what was happening and to get solution sorted out, recalls don't get identified overnight, not sure why you just got your notice, I got mine less than a week after the recall was issued and had the work done the next week!
Thank you for the reply. I guess the recall notice took a long time to travel all the way to Australia!
 

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It didn't shut off??? The ECU should have noticed that the fly-by-wire throttle-sensor wasn't with the craft any longer. Hmm...
pretty sure you can start and run the machine without the throttle position sensor plugged in, its just going to run at an idle and have a check engine light on and be in limp mode, the real question here is why would it stay running without the tether attached!?
 

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Hey Guys,

So yes the ski did not shut off even with the lanyard detatched and no handlebars (therefore no throttle or ignition switch). It ran in idle and the screen read 'limp home mode'. I did notify the dealer of this problem and they said they would inform BRP of the issue. My spark is included in the recall, but unfourtunately I never recieved any notice, and I verified with the dealer that they had the right address on file, which they did, as I recieve all of the marketing materials from BRP.

This was DEFINITELY within the normal riding zone. The waves were well within what I have seen these ski's jump, and the front of these ski's do naturally go underwater because of the lightness of the ski when in rough water. A 4ft wake is not that abnormal for any wakeboard boat to throw, or any boat coming to plane to throw. These ski's should be designed to handle that pressure and are certified by the coast guard to handle up to 6ft waves. I had also riddent the ski much harder than this previously, but this time my body weight getting thrown into the handlebars was the deal breaker.

The ski is still in the shop and hopefully will be fixed by this weekend. Hopefully I have it by this weekend :)
 

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Hello,
I just joined this forum looking for answers on my new 2014 Seadoo spark, it was not on the recall list but the handle bars did break off on Sunday after only nine hours of use since new. I am extremely grateful my children were not using at this time but an adult.
Is this recycled plastic safe?? I don't think I will feel safe letting my children (18 and older)
drive this unit again! The recall should be considered on all units.
 

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your spark is probably covered by the recall. If you get a hold of the dealer they can tell you. Mine the recall doesn't apply because it was built last month and the bars had already been modified. I ride mine hard and see no evidence of cracking yet. I am vigilant and inspect them everyday but there has been no reports of breakage on newer machines or machines where the recall has been performed. These aren't the first vehicle to have safety recalls. There are dozens of new vehicles on the road everyday that have new recalls implemented. With every machine there will be flaws and that's why recalls and warranties are around.
 

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I hope your ok ! I noticed my bars a little loose a couple weekends ago they were up and down not much but still noticeable. Had the recall done yesterday brought it home and they are still loose ! Anyone else notice this ?
 

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That's exactly how my bars broke after hitting the brakes at 30mph and my upper body weight pushing forward on the bars I heard a load SNAP! And I flew over the bow, I had 54 minutes on the hour meter, I didn't know of this problem until I got home and googled it. Took it to the dealer I bought it at 2 days earlier and got it back the next week with the new bars, and about a week after that received the recall notice in the mail. I now have 11 hard riding hours on it and absolutely LOVE IT! And I've owned Stand-up and sit-down Jet skis since the mid 80's
 
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