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NHTSA Report: Awning Recalls Continue in May

Posted By RVBusiness On June 12, 2013 @ 12:17 pm In Breaking News | No Comments

Editor’s Note: The following is a list of RV-related recalls for May compiled by the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA).

• Newmar Corp. is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Canyon Star motorhomes manufactured August 4, 2011, through February 19, 2013, for failing to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety  Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.” The affected  vehicles may have missing reflectors on the rear cap. Newmar will notify owners and dealers will install the required reflectors. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Newmar at 1-574-773-7791.

• Dutchmen Manufacturing is recalling certain model year 2013 Breckenridge recreational vehicles manufactured February 13, 2013, through April 9, 2013. If the awning installation sequence was not completely followed, the awning motor may unknowingly become damaged. Dutchmen will notify owners and dealers will replace the affected motors with a design that is not subject to an out-of-sequence installation error. This will be done at no cost to the owner. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed. The recall began on May 30, 2013. Owners may contact Dutchmen at 1-574-537-0700.

• Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. is recalling certain model year 2013 Breeze and Allegro motorhomes. If the awning installation sequence was not completely followed, the awning motor may unknowingly become damaged. Tiffin will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with a design that is not subject to an out-of-sequence installation error. The recall is expected to begin during June 2013. Owners may contact Tiffin at 1-256-356-8661 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

• Heartland Recreational Vehicles is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Big Country, Bighorn, Elk Ridge, Elk Ridge Express, Landmark, Prowler, Sundance, Sundance XLT, and Silverado fifth-wheels and travel trailers manufactured February 13, 2013, through April 16, 2013. If the awning installation sequence was not completely followed, the awning motor may unknowingly become damaged. Heartland will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with a design that is not subject to an out-of-sequence installation error. The recall began on May 20, 2013. Owners may contact Heartland Recreational Trailers at 1-888-262-5992 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed. Heartland’s recall campaign number is 99-01-11.

• Heartland Recreational Vehicles is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Sundance travel trailers, model 322RES, manufactured September 13, 2012, through April 30, 2013. The axles are mounted too far forward on the frame which may cause improper trailer balance while towing. Heartland will notify owners and the trailers will be returned to the factory where axles will be moved rearward, free of charge. The recall began on May 20, 2013. Owners may contact Heartland Recreational Trailers Warranty/Service Department by email at “parts@heartlandrvs.com,” or by phone at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s recall campaign number is 99-01-12.

• Fleetwood RV Inc. is recalling certain model year 2013 Jamboree Sport Diesel, Providence, Tioga DSL and Tioga Ranger DSL; 2014 Excursion, Expedition, Jamboree Sport, Montara Commercial, Searcher Commercial, Southwind, Storm, Terra, and Tioga Ranger; and 2013-2014 Bounder, Bounder Classic, and Discovery recreational vehicles. The vehicles are equipped with Weatherpro and 9100 series power awnings. Due to a design change in the power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear. Fleetwood RV will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with a design that is not subject to an out-of-sequence installation error. Fleetwood RV has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Fleetwood RV Owner Relations at 1-800-509-3418 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

• Gulf Stream Coach is recalling certain model year 2001 Ultra, Conquest, Independence, Ultra Supreme, Yellowstone, and Cavalier motorhomes with floorplans 6316 or 8325. The motorhomes were manufactured May 17, 2000, through December 31, 2000. A portion of the electrical wiring may not be properly secured. This condition may cause wear and possible heat development between the refrigerator coils and the wire. A failure of the wiring could result in property damage, fire, or injury. Gulf Stream will notify owners, and dealers will repair the motorhomes free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during June 2013. Owners may contact Gulf Stream at 1-800-289-8787. Gulf Stream’s recall campaign number is 13WG-2000.

• Gulf Stream Coach Inc. is recalling certain model year 2013 Canyon Trail, Sedona, Ridgeline, Kingsport, and Trail Master recreational vehicle trailers manufactured Febuary 13, 2013, through April 24, 2013. The vehicles are equipped with Weatherpro and 9100 series power awnings. Due to a design change in the power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear. Gulf Stream will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with motors of a different design. Gulf Stream has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Gulf Stream at 1-574-773-7761 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Gulf Stream Coach’s recall number for this campaign is 13AW-0204. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

• Forest River is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Forest River models Blue Ridge, Cardinal, Cherokee, Columbus, EVO, Georgetown, Flagstaff, Forester, Lexington, Puma, Rockwood, Sabre, Salem, Sandpiper, Sandstorm, Sierra, Stealth, Sunseeker, Wildcat, Wildwood, Work and Play and XLR; Coachmen models Brookstone, Catalina, Chaparral, Concord, Encounter, Freedom Express, Freelander, Leprechaun, Mirada, Pursuit, and Sportcoach; Prime Time models Avenger, Crusader, Lacrosse, Saniber, and Tracer; Palomino model Maverick Truck Camper; Cargo Mate model Eliminator and Shasta models Revere, Phoenix recreational vehicles manufactured from February 13, 2013, through April 18, 2013. Due to a design change in the power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear. Forest River will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with motors of a different design. A notification schedule has not yet been provided. Owners may contact Forest River at 1-574-389-4600 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

• Fleetwood RV is recalling certain model year 2014 American Revolution, Bounder, Discovery, Expedition, and Southwind motorhomes. Fasteners that attach the solar panel may become loose during normal use. A loose solar panel may separate from the vehicle during travel. Fleetwood will notify owners, and dealers will install new locking nuts to secure the solar panel, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early June 2013. Owners may contact Fleetwood RV at 1-800-322-8216. Fleetwood’s recall number is 130517FRV.

• Fleetwood RV is recalling certain model year 2013 Bounder Classic and Terra motorhomes manufactured between July 9, 2012 and January 16, 2013. The tire load index letter printed on the Federal Certification Tag is incorrect. Due to the inaccurate label, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.” Fleetwood will mail the corrected tags to dealers and owners. Owners who are not comfortable installing these labels may get them installed at a dealer, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2013. Owners may contact Fleetwood Owner Relations at 1-800-509-3418. Fleetwood’s recall number is 130417FRV.

 

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