NHTSA Update: RV-Related Recalls for November
The following is a list of RV-related recalls for October compiled by the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA).
• Forest River is recalling certain model year 2011 Berkshire models 360FWS, 390BH, 390RB and 390QS recreational vehicles manufactured from Sept. 1, 2010, through Feb. 28, 2011, equipped with a Cummins ISX or ISL diesel engine. The V-band clamp assembly, part numbers Q187684, Q187685, and Q187686, used to connect the inlet and outlet cone sections to the diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC)/diesel particulate filter (DPF) include a T-bolt which can fracture and fail when subjected to stress or load. Forest River is working with Cummins to identify and notify owners of the recall campaign. Repairs will be performed by authorized Cummins dealers free of charge. The safety recall began Oct. 10, 2011. Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. is recalling certain model year 2011 Allegro and Phaeton recreational vehicles built on Freightliner chassis and equipped with a Cummins ISC, ISX, ISM, or ISL diesel engine for the same issue.
• Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 D4505 motor coaches manufactured from May 1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2011. These vehicles were equipped with Penntex alternators that, as installed, may collect moisture at the power stud. This moisture may result in corrosion buildup at and around the power stud base and could create a short circuit between the power stud and the alternator body. Additionally, the vehicle battery could discharge which could cause the vehicle to stall. MCI will inspect and modify the alternator installation free of charge. The safety recall began on Nov. 30, 2011.
• Winnebago is recalling certain model year 2012 Era motorhomes, manufactured from July 25, 2011,through Aug. 4, 2011and built on Sprinter/Daimler chassis. The supplier of the rear springs rolled the spring eye diameter out of tolerance during production and then corrected the diameter without heating the parts. This could potentially lead to a crack of the spring eye over time. Winnebago is working with Sprinter/Daimler to notify owners. Sprinter/Daimler is handling the remedy for this campaign and will replace the rear springs as necessary free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule.
• Jayco is recalling certain model year 2012 Jay Flight And Eagle Super Lite 1/2 ton travel trailers manufactured from Oct. 6, 2011, through Oct. 17, 2011. The power converters may have been built with an undersized input coil, which may cause overheating, smoking, and melting of the converter. Jayco will notify owners, and Jayco dealers will repair the travel trailers as necessary free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during December 2011. Sister company Starcraft Inc. is recalling certain model year 2012 Autumn Ridge and Travel Star travel trailers for the same issue.
• Navistar Corp. is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 Beaver, Holiday Rambler and Monaco Coach brand recreational vehicles manufactured from Jan. 11, 2008, through April 15, 2011. The front windshield shade may separate from the cabin body without warning, possibly impairing the driver’s ability to see the roadway. Navistar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the shade mounting clips and repair the vehicles as necessary free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin Dec. 10, 2011.
• Keystone RV Co. is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 Cougar fifth-wheel trailers manufactured from May 12, 2006, through Feb. 12, 2009, for incorrect information on the federal identification tag and tire and loading information label. The subject vehicles were manufactured with a label that lists the maximum tire pressure of 80psi instead of the correct maximum pressure of 65psi. Keystone will mail to consumers the corrected label or the customer will have the option for dealers to install the label free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during December 2011.