The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the latest recalls related to the RV industry:
- Dexter Axle is recalling certain trailer axle assemblies manufactured from Aug. 15, 2010, through Aug. 30, 2010. On some axles, cracks could appear in the spindle weld. The recalled vehicles include Forest River Inc. (2011) Sandpiper and Sierra trailers, (2011) Heartland RV fifth-wheel trailers, Jayco Inc. (2011) Pinnacle fifth-wheel trailers and Open Range (2011) fifth-wheel travel trailers and toy haulers.
- The following manufacturers are recalling units equipped with Dimplex Electraflame, Symphony or Optiflame branded electric fireplaces, stoves and fireplace inserts, as the plug-in remote control receiver for the fireplace can overheat: Forest River Inc., Carriage Inc., Sunnybrook RV, Keystone RV Co. and CrossRoads RV.
- Atwood is recalling its Atwood 35 series range ovens. A potential exists for a small fracture within the line delivering gas to the oven cavity burner. OEMs who installed this product in their 2011 units include certain Keystone RV Co., Heartland RV North Country travel trailers manufactured from July 14, 2010, through Sept. 14, 2010, Dutchmen Voltage fifth-wheel travel trailers manufactured from Aug. 13, 2010, through Sept. 29, 2010, Crossroads RV Zinger and Sunset Trail trailers manufactured from Aug. 15, 2010, through Sept. 29, 2010, Newmar Bay Star RVs manufactured from Aug. 6, 2010, through Oct. 5, 2010, Open Range RV Journeyer, Open Range and Roamer recreational vehicles manufactured from July 1, 2010, through Sept. 20, 2010, Jayco travel trailers and fifth-wheels manufactured from Aug. 16, 2010, through Oct. 1, 2010, Starcraft RV travel trailers and fifth-wheel travel trailers manufactured from Aug. 16, 2010, through Oct. 1, 2010, Coachmen RV Chaparral, Brookstone and Northridge fifth-wheel travel trailers, Eclipse Recreational Vehicles Inc. Attitude, Milan, Stellar RVs, EverGreen RVs manufactured from July 1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2010, Tiffin MotorHomes Inc. Allegro, Allegro Bus, and Phaeton motorhomes, Sunnybrook RV, certain Fleetwood RV motorhomes and Thor Motor Coach Damon Daybreak, Four Winds Freedom Elite, and Hurricane motorhomes.
- Certain Nu Wa (2006) Custom Campers HH II, and (2006-2007) Custom Campers LS travel trailers, equipped with Lippert axles components. These vehicles may contain mislocated welds attaching the axle spindle to the axle tube.
- Certain Navistar (2009-2011) Monaco Monarch and (2010-2011) Holiday Rambler Admiral recreational vehicles manufactured from June 4, 2009, through June 26, 2010. The windshield wiper system may become inoperable without warning resulting in reduced driver visibility.
- Certain Winnebago Industries Inc. (2005 through 2009) Winnebago Sightseer and Itasca Sunova motorhomes, (2006 through 2011) Winnebago View and Itasca Navion motorhomes and (2008) Winnebago Voyage and, Itasca Sunrise and (2009-2011) Winnebago Adventurer and, Itasca Suncruiser motorhomes because the dinette area seat belt restraints on those vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 210, “Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages.” In a collision, the generated crash forces can cause the restraint’s attachment to tear and allow the anchor to separate from the body of the vehicle.
Meanwhile, as previously reported, Norcold is recalling certain gas absorption refrigerators, models 1200AC, 1200ACIM, 1200LR, 1200LR, 1200LRIM, and 1201LRIM under previously issued recalls identified as 02E-045, 08E-030, 09E-026, and 09E-027. These recalls covered cooling units installed on the 1200 series product manufactured from December 1996 through December 2002. Recalls 08E-030, 09E-026, and 09E-027 involved the installation of a thermal switch on the cooling units manufactured from December 1996 through December 2002. With the action taken with this recall campaign, Norcold is extending a recall of all 1200, 1201, 1210, and 1211 models to include units produced from Jan. 1, 2003, to Oct. 6, 2010, with cooling unit models to include cooling unit serial numbers from 700000 to 13085759, non consecutively. The population of refrigerators being addressed contains either a sensing algorithm or a thermal switch to shut off power to the refrigerator when high temperatures are detected in order to prevent a potential fire. Norcold has now decided the response times of the sensor algorithm and thermal switch devices to stop power are not sufficient. An insufficient response time can result in power not being shut-off in sufficient time to prevent a fire. Norcold will notify recreational vehicle manufacturers, distributors, dealers, service centers, and vehicle owners of the hazard and offer a free remedy to prevent temperature elevation that could allow a fire. The remedy is to affix a thermocouple, with a faster response time, to all refrigerators with a sensing algorithm or a thermal switch. The safety recall is underway. This recall supersedes recall campaigns 02E-045, 08E-030, 09E-026, and 09E-027.