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NHTSA Update: RV-Related Recalls List for July

August 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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

• Fastec Industrial Corp. (FIC) is recalling certain model 43610, 40610, and 44610 door locks manufactured between January 2006 and April 2013 with a keyed paddle handle and deadbolt for use in recreational vehicles. It may be possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that potentially jams the deadbolt in locks with certain key codes. If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock may also jam. FIC will notify the original equipment door and recreational vehicle manufacturers and the consumers of record and instruct them on how to determine whether they have a defective lock. Consumers of record will be sent replacement cylinders with instructions, free of charge. The vehicle manufacturers will notify their consumers. The recall is expected to begin September 10, 2013. Owners may contact FIC at 1-800-837-2505.

• American Honda Motor Co. is recalling certain Trailer Hitch Harness Kits, Part Number 08L91-TZ5-200. These kits are for use in 2014 model year Acura MDX vehicles. The trailer hitch kit has a subharness that is incorrectly wired such that there may be no power supplied to an accessory trailer brake controller. Honda will notify owners and Acura dealers will correct the trailer hitch subharness wiring, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 23, 2013. Owners may contact Acura Customer Service at 1-800-382-2238. Honda’s number for this campaign is JB2.

• Cequent Performance Products is recalling certain Tekonsha Electric Trailer Brake Control Wiring Adapters with Part No. 30232-P and 30231-P. These adapters are used as aftermarket equipment on model year 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles. If the brakes are applied while the turn signal is activated, the turn signal may turn off. The opposite trailer turn signal may then activate. Cequent will notify distributors, dealers, installers, and customers and will replace the adapters free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Cequent at 1-877-827-0799.

• Monaco RV LLC (Monaco) is recalling certain model year 2011 Holiday Rambler Campmaster and R-Vision Trail Cruiser; model year 2011-2012 R-Vision Onyx; model year 2011-2013 R-Vision Trail Light; model year 2012-2014 Holiday Rambler Aluma-Lite, Aluma-Lite Ultra and R-Vision Trail Sport and Trail-Lite Crossover; and model year 2013-2014 McKenzie Rainier Ascent and R-Vision Trail Lite Trek recreational vehicles. These vehicles were manufactured October 12, 2009, through March 15, 2013 and have the water tanks mounted under the floor within enclosed underbellies. The water tank mounting system may fail. Monaco RV, LLC will notify owners and dealers will install a cross brace between the water tank and the mounting brackets, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during August 2013. Monaco’s recall number is 13001MRV. Owners may contact Monaco at 1-877-466-6226.

Augusta RV LLC is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 FLEX recreational trailers manufactured February 13, 2013, through April 9, 2013. Due to a design change in the power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear. Augusta RV will notify owners during August 2013 and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with motors of a different design. Owners may contact Augusta RV at 1-574-848-0200 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

• Kibbi LLC is recalling one model year 2013 Renegade KIT28TA trailer manufactured on April 12, 2013. Due to a design change in the power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear. Kibbi will notify the owner and Dometic staff will replace the affected motor with one of a different design. The recall began during July 2013. Owners may contact Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Aspen 1400RB, 1500BH, 1600RB, 2110RBS, 2470BHS and 3010BHDS travel trailers; certain model year 2013-2014 Coleman CTS14FD, CTS15BH, CTS16BH and CTS16QB travel trailers and certain model year 2013-2014 Dutchmen 190QB, 282RBS, 286BHGS, 318RKDS and 816QB travel trailers. Heat from the range burner may melt the propane supply hose. Dutchmen will notify owners anddealers will install a copper line to the propane connection in the burner, free of charge. The recall began onAugust 7, 2013. Owners may contact Dutchmen at 1-574-537-0600. Dutchmen’s recall number is 13-195.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC is recalling certain model year 2013 Bay Hill fifth-wheel travel trailers manufactured March 13, 2013, through April 25, 2013. Due to a design change in the power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear. EverGreen will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with motors of a different design. The recall began on July 25, 2013. Owners may contact Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

• Lakota Corp. is recalling certain model year 2014 CX9-BBX18 (Charger and Bighorn) recreational trailers. Due to a design change in the power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear. Lakota will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with motors of a different design. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Lakota Corp at 1-574-848-1636 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive theirvehicle until repairs can be performed.

• Keystone RV Co. is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Laredo fifth-wheel vehicles, models 270SRL, 280SBH, 290SRE and 293SBH, manufactured March 6, 2013, through June 27, 2013. The battery box has inadequate support for the battery and the box may fall out of position during travel. Keystone RV will notify owners and will install a battery box mounting reinforcement kit, free of charge. The recall began on July 22, 2013. Owners may contact Keystone Customer Service by calling 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s identification code for this recall is 13-194.

HL Enterprise Inc. is recalling certain model year 2013 Hyline HY42IKEB and HY44, model year 2013 Georgian Bay GB39CKT, model year 2013 Bridgeview BV42IKWT, and model year 2013 Premier FW44 and HY42 trailers. Due to a design change in the power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear. HL Enterprise Inc. will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with one of a different design. The recall is expected to begin during August . Owners may contact Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

• Winnebago Industries Inc. is recalling certain model year 2011 Vista and Itasca Sunstar motorhomes manufactured June 30, 2010, through June 16, 2011. The vehicles have an incorrect tire inflation pressures and wheel rim sizes on the Vehicle Certification Label. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 567, “Certification.” Winnebago will notify owners and mail corrected Vehicle Certification Labels to the owners, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-August 2013. Owners may contact Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885 or or@winnebagoind.com. Winnebago’s campaign number is 129.

• Entegra Coach is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Anthem, Aspire, and Cornerstone motorhomes manufactured February 8, 2013, through June 13, 2013. The attachment mechanism that holds the windshield wiper arm to the wiper motor shaft could crack. Entegra Coach will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiper arms, at no charge. The recall is expected to begin in late August 2013. Owners may contact Entegra Coach at 1-800-945-4787.

Jayco Inc. is recalling certain model year 2014 Precept Motorhomes manufactured March 28, 2013, through June 27, 2013. The attachment mechanism that holds the windshield wiper arm to the wiper motor shaft could crack. Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiper arm, at no charge. The recall is expected to begin in late August 2013. Owners may contact Jayco at 1-800-283-8267.

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NHTSA Report: Awning Recalls Continue in May

June 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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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NHTSA Update: RV-Related Recalls in December

January 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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

• Winnebago Industries Inc. is recalling certain model year 2009-2013 Winnebago model Era, View, and Via motorhomes, and 2010-2013 Itasca model Navion and Reyo motorhomes; manufactured November 13, 2007 through August 10, 2012. The proper fuses were not installed for the refrigerator circuits. Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuses. The recall is expected to begin in early January 2013. Consumers may contact Winnebago Industries owner relations at 1-641-585-6939. Winnebago’s recall campaign number is 127.

• Spartan Chassis Inc. is recalling certain model year 2013 K2, K3, and MM motorhome chassis, manufactured July 23, 2012, through November 7, 2012 and equipped with an independent front suspension that has the ABS modulator valve mounted in a forward position. The front brake hoses or the ABS sensor cable may be damaged as a result of contact with the swaybar. Spartan will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during January 2013. Owners may contact Spartan at 1-517-543-6400. Spartan’s recall campaign number is 12015.

• Winnebago Industries is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 Winnebago Journey and Tour motorhomes, and certain model year 2010-2013 Itasca Meridian and Ellipse motorhomes, manufactured June 18, 2010, through November 17, 2011. The chassis are equipped with connectors for diode jumpers that may come loose, resulting in an open circuit. Two circuits are affected: The one that disengages the cruise control with brake pedal use, and the one that illuminates the brake lights with brake pedal use. Daimler Trucks North America will be conducting the recall on behalf of Winnebago Industries. Daimler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the the diode jumpers to make sure they are fully locked in place and will correct the vehicles as needed. The recall is expected to begin on January 28, 2013. Owners should contact Winnebago at 1-641-585-3535 or Daimler Trucks at 1-503-745-6910.

• Thor Motor Coach is recalling certain model year 2011 through 2013 Tuscany, Astoria, Ultrasport, Montecito, and Palazzo recreational vehicles manufactured from May 17, 2010, through October 30, 2012, built on Freightliner brand XB and XC custom chassis. The vehicles are equipped with diode jumpers that may come loose in their connectors resulting in an open circuit. Two circuits are affected: The one that disengages the cruise control with brake pedal use, and the one that illuminates the brake lights with brake pedal use. Daimler Trucks (DTNA) will notify owners on behalf of Thor, and Freightliner dealers will inspect the diode jumpers to make sure they are fully locked in place and will correct the vehicles as needed. The recall is expected to begin January 28, 2013. Owners should contact DTNA Warranty Campaigns Department at (800) 547-0712, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time Monday through Friday, e-mail address DTNA.Warranty.Campaigns@Daimler.com, or the Customer Assistance Center at (800) FTL-HELP after normal business hours.

• Winnebago is recalling one model year 2008 Aspect motorhome manufactured on September 12, 2007. The motorhome is equipped with a Ricon manufactured wheelchair lift which has an optional armored pendant cable. The cable may have been installed such that it doesn’t clear the wheelchair lift and without a protective cover, or a misinstalled protective cover. Ricon will be conducting this recall on behalf of Winnebago. Ricon will notify the affected owner and will provide a supplemental cover kit and instructions, free of charge. Owners may contact Winnebago at 1-641-585-3535 or Ricon at 1-818-267-3000.

• Newmar Corp. is recalling certain model year 2011 through 2013 Ventana Class A, Dutch Star Class A, and Mountain Aire Class A model motor homes manufactured from January 25, 2010, through September 19, 2012, built on Freightliner brand XB and XC custom chassis. The chassis are equipped with connectors for diode jumpers that may come loose, resulting in an open circuit. Two circuits are affected: The one that disengages the cruise control with brake pedal use, and the one that illuminates the brake lights with brake pedal use. Daimler Trucks (DTNA) will notify owners on behalf of Newmar, and Freightliner dealers will inspect the diode jumpers to make sure they are fully locked in place and will correct the vehicles as needed. The recall is expected to begin January 28, 2013. Owners should contact DTNA Warranty Campaigns Department at (800) 547-0712, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time Monday through Friday, e-mail address DTNA.Warranty.Campaigns@Daimler.com, or the Customer Assistance Center at (800) FTL-HELP after normal business hours. DTNA’s recall campaign number is FL-634.

• Airstream Inc. is recalling certain model year 2008-2013 Interstate motorhomes manufactured August 2007, through December 2012 and equipped with the rear sofa floor plan. The electrical equipment underneath the sofa may come in contact with the seat belt buckle or metal cables from the seat. If the metal sofa components come in contact with the electrical components, electrical arcing could occur. Arcing may lead to a vehicle fire. Airstream will notify owners, and dealers will install a cover over the electrical components, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by late January 2013. Owners may contact Airstream at 1-877-596-6111.

• Keystone RV Co. is recalling certain model year 2012 and 2013 Springdale travel trailers, model 266RLSSRWE, manufactured from October 18, 2011, through December 5, 2012. The suspension may contact the copper propane line for the range. Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will modify the propane line to route it away from the suspension, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during early January 2013. Owners may contact Keystone Customer Service by calling 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s recall campaign number is 12-186.

• Prevost Car Co. is recalling certain model year 2011 and 2012 X3-45 Prevost coaches manufactured from March 25, 2011, through March 20, 2012. The left side radius rod support for the front I-beam suspension system may have been made from the wrong materials and thus, may suddenly break. Prevost will notify owners, and dealers will insepct the vehicles and replace any affected radius rod supports, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a remedy schedule. Owners may contact Prevost at 1-418-883-2888. Prevost’s recall campaign number is SR13-01.

 

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Updating March’s RV-Related NHTSA Recalls

April 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the latest recalls related to the RV industry:

  • MCI is recalling certain model year 2010 J4500 motorcoaches manufactured from October 2009 through August 2010, and equipped with Braun wheelchair lifts. The electrical and hydraulic lines that service the wheelchair lifts may be routed or clamped in a way that could result in the lines being pinched during lift operation.
  • MCI is recalling certain model year 2011 MCI J4500, E4500, and J4500c motor coaches manufactured from May 1, 2010 through Jan.31, 2011, and equipped with DOGA windshield wipers. Certain wires may have been incorrectly installed by MCI at the factory which could result in the windshield wipers failing to operate.
  • Winnebago is recalling certain model year 2011 Tour and Itasca Ellipse motorhomes manufactured from Aug. 9, 2010 through Jan. 21, 2011. These vehicles have the potential for a LP hose connection to be damaged when the slideout room is operated.
  • Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 North Trail travel trailers. The suspension can come in contact with the LP pipe mounted on the frame under the trailer above the equalizer arm.
  • Crossroads RV is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Zinger recreational vehicles. The federal identification tag on the vehicles contains incorrect, gross axle weight rating (GAWR) and gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) information.
  • Thor Motor Coach is recalling certain recreational vehicles manufactured from March 9, 2010, through March 9, 2011. The wiring for the oxygen (O2) sensor that connects to the catalytic converter may not be properly secured.
  • Entegra is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Aspire Class A motorhomes manufactured from May 20, 2009, through Sept. 7, 2010. There may be an improper electrical connection at the buss bar on the affected transfer switches.
  • Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. is recalling certain model year 2011 Komfort Pacific Ridge recreational vehicles manufactured from October 15, 2010 through December 30, 2010, for failing to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.” The labels list the wrong gross axle weight rating (GAWR) and gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).
  • MCI is recalling certain model year 2011 MCI J4500 motorcoaches manufactured from Dec. 1, 2010, through Feb. 28, 2011, and equipped with ArvinMeritor MC16 and MC16 type tag axle assemblies. The bolts used to connect the axle housing to the spindle of the axle may not have been properly heat treated, resulting in potentially compromised hardness and strength that, in turn, could lead to reduced joint integrity.
  • Fleetwood RV is recalling certain model year 2011 Discovery, Revolution LE and Providence Class A motorhomes. The internal circuit board of the ITC brand dimmer switch can fail and overheat.
  • Thor Motor Coach is recalling certain model year 2012 Freedom Elite motor homes manufactured from Feb. 1, 2011, through Feb. 16, 2011. The brackets attaching the gray water tank to the vehicle is not properly attached to the tank.

The following firms have recalled units equipped with the 1200-series Norcold refrigerators: Triple E, New Horizons and Forest River Inc.

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Updating February RV-Related NHTSA Recalls

March 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the latest recalls related to the RV industry:

  • ArvinMeritor is recalling certain MC16 and MC16 type tag axle assemblies that were shipped to Motor Coach Industries between Oct. 21, 2010, and Dec. 6, 2010, for use on recreational vehicles. Bolts used to connect the axle housing to the spindle of the axle may not have been properly heat treated, resulting in potentially compromised hardness and strength that, in turn could lead to reduced joint integrity.
  • Keystone RV Co. is recalling certain model year 2011 Raptor recreational vehicles. The fresh water fill/draw line may be connected to the black waste water’s tank.
  • Fleetwood RV  Inc. is recalling certain model year 2010 Fiesta Class A motorhomes. The headlights may have been incorrectly wired, resulting in reduced headlight illumination with the headlights on low beam.
  • Keystone RV Co. is recalling certain model year 2011 Cougar and Laredo travel trailers. The axles are installed backward, causing a slight reduction in braking torque and shortened brake lining service life.
  • Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. is recalling certain model year 2011 315BHDS recreational vehicles manufactured from March 3, 2010 through January 24, 2011, for failing to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.” The labels list the wrong tire load range. The size should be ST225/75R15d and was listed as ST225/75R15C.
  • Winnebago Industries Inc. is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Tour and Itasca Ellipse motorhomes manufactured from Aug. 7, 2009, through Feb. 7, 2011, for failing to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.” The vehicles are equipped with labels indicating the wrong type of load range tires.
  • Navistar International Corp. is recalling certain model year 2011 Riptide recreational vehicles. The porous metal castings may cause cracking of the wiper arm at the mounting to the pivot shaft.
  • Jayco Inc. is recalling certain model year 2011 Eagle Superlite fifth-wheels manufactured from Nov. 15, 2010, through Feb. 9, 2011. Due to a typographical error, the size of the tire as indicated on the federal id label is incorrectly identified.
  • Prevost is recalling certain model year 2010 H3-45, model year 2011 VIP-45 and X3-45 motorcoaches manufactured from October 2010 through February 2011. The welding on the fuel tank supports is insufficient and could lead to the metal supports contacting the ground.

The following firms have recalled vehicles equipped with 1200-series Norcold refrigerators: Coachmen RV, Dynamax, King of the Road, NRC and Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.

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Updating Latest NHTSA RV-Related Recalls

December 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the latest recalls related to the RV industry:

  • Certain Jayco Inc. (2011) Jay Feather Select travel trailers series 29l, manufactured from June 1, 2010, through Sept. 10, 2010. During the course of a routine inspection, it was discovered that the stove in the exterior kitchen had not been tested for liquid propane (LP) leaks.
  • Certain Utility Trailer (2011) VS2RA and VS2DX trailers equipped with Arvin Meritor suspension systems. The suspect systems may have missing welds at the interface of the lower seat bracket and axle beam.
  • Certain Starcraft (2011) Travel Star trailers series 299bhs, manufactured from June 24, 2010, through Aug. 5, 2010. During the course of a routine inspection, it was discovered that the stove in the exterior kitchen was not being tested for LP leaks.
  • Certain Starcraft Travel Star (2011) travel trailers manufactured from May 5, 2010, through Aug. 12, 2010, are missing the intermediate side marker light.
  • Certain Rogue Industries (2008-2010) Rogue model S/A and T/A boat trailers equipped with Cequent 3-inch by 3-inch and 3-inch by 4-inch Fulton swing tongue units. The pivot bolt can shear allowing the trailer tongue to swing allowing the trailer and boat to come forward and hit the towing vehicle.
  • Certain Jayco Inc. (2011) Jay Feather Select travel trailers series 29L manufactured from May 11, 2010, through Sept. 10, 2010, are missing the intermediate side marker light.
  • Certain Fleetwood RV (2011) Terra class A motorhomes manufactured from June 6, 2010, through Oct. 4, 2010, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.” The high-beam and low-beam headlights are not in the correct positions as specified by FMVSS 108.
  • Certain Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. (2011) travel trailers manufactured from June 10, 2010, through Sept. 3, 2010, and equipped with Siemens and Murray one-inch plug-in circuit breakers. The “spring clip” plug-in assembly may break or fail to provide sufficient force to maintain a proper electrical connection in the panel board.
  • Certain Keystone RV Co. fifth-wheel trailers with a generator ready option.
  • Certain Coachmen RV (2011) Catalina and Freedom Express coaches manufactured from Aug. 23, 2010, through Sept. 28, 2010, and equipped with 15-inch by 6-inch white spoke or modular design steel wheels with a six hole bolt pattern. Some of the wheels may have inadequate weld penetration between the outer ring and the center plate due to improper plate alignment.
  • Certain Keystone RV Co. ( 2011) travel trailers equipped with 15-inch by 6-inch white spoke or modular design steel wheels with a six-hole bolt pattern. Some of the wheels may have inadequate weld penetration between the outer ring and the center plate due to improper plate alignment.

The following firms are recalling units equipped with Dimplex Electraflame, Symphony or Optiflame branded electric fireplaces, stoves and fireplace inserts. The plug in remote control receiver for the fireplace can overheat.

  • Certain King of the Road recreational vehicles manufactured from Nov. 1, 2004, through June 30, 2006.
  • Certain KZRV recreational vehicles.

The following firms are recalling vehicles equipped with 1200-series Norcold refrigerators:

  • Certain Thor Motor Coach (2004-2011) Damon and Four Winds recreational vehicles.
  • Certain Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. (2008-2011) Grand Junction and (2011) Voltage recreational vehicles.
  • Certain Showtime (2001, 2002, and 2004) Showhauler recreational vehicles; (1999) and (2000) Classic car trailers; (2006) Wildside recreational vehicles; and (2007) Showtime horse trailers,
  • Certain Foretravel (1998, 1999, 2001, and 2002) model U320 coaches.
  • Certain Featherlite Trailers trailers
  • Certain Gulf Stream Coach Inc. fifth-wheel trailers.
  • Certain Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. motorcoaches.
  • Certain Keystone RV Co. travel trailers and fifth-wheels.
  • Certain Navistar Inc. recreational vehicles.

The following firms have announced recalls of units equipped with Atwood 35 series range ovens. A potential exists for a small fracture within the line delivering gas to the oven cavity burner.

  • Certain Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. (2011) recreational vehicles, models 850, 992, 1685, 1881, and 2285, manufactured from July 1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2010,
  • Certain Skyline Corp. (2011) Nomad, Aljo and Layton recreational vehicles manufactured from Aug. 1, 2010, through Oct. 8, 2010,
  • Certain Prime Time (2011) Prime Time recreational vehicles manufactured from June 30, 2010, through Sept. 23, 2010.
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NHTSA Updating Latest RV-Related Recalls

November 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

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NHTSA Updates Its RV-Related Recalls List

October 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the latest recalls related to the RV industry:

  • Certain Atwood range/oven combo cooking ranges, models RV1735, RV2135, and RA2135 manufactured from July 2010 through Sept. 20, 2010, installed as original equipment in various recreational vehicles and sold as aftermarket equipment. The gas supply line to the oven box may be fractured.
  • Certain Winnebago Industries Inc. (2011) Vista and Itasca Sunstar motorhomes manufactured from March 16, 2010, through Aug. 12, 2010. These vehicles may have the potential for a cable that powers the slideout room to make contact with the driveshaft when the slideout is retracted.
  • Certain Adventurer (2011) Adventurer motorhomes and truck campers equipped with Suburban gas cook stoves with sealed burners. The units involved use an aluminum tube to carry liquid propane gas from the oven control valve to the gas orifice which supplies gas to the burner.
  • Certain Jayco Inc. (2011) Jay Feather select travel trailers, series X213 manufactured from May 17, 2010, through Aug. 16, 2010, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.” The Federal ID label and the tire and loading information label have an incorrect tire pressure.
  • Certain Keystone RV (2009 and 2010) Sprinter Select 25RB travel trailers manufactured from Feb.11, 2009, through Nov. 19, 2009. The wire from the battery to the power distribution center may be pinched between the floor and the frame.
  • Certain Damon Motorcoach (2007-2011) Challenger and (2005-2007) Intruder motorhomes. These motorhomes do not have the proper clearance between the rear suspension leaf spring and the vehicle liquid propane fuel tank.
  • Certain MCI (2009-2010) D4005 and D4505 motorcoaches equipped with a National Seating Co. driver’s seat containing a Stabilus Bloc-O-Lift shock. The driver’s seat shock damper may break allowing the driver’s seat to unexpectedly drop to the floor without warning.
  • Certain Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. (2006-2007) Grand Junction fifth-wheels manufactured from April 27, 2006, through May 2, 2006, and equipped with Lippert axles components. These vehicles may contain mis-located welds attaching the axle spindle to the axle tube.
  • Certain Keystone RV Co. (2011) Alpine, Avalanche, Fuzion, Laredo, Montana and Mountaineer fifth-wheels manufactured from Aug. 19, 2010, through Sept. 1, 2010, equipped with Dexter Axles. On some axles, cracks could appear in the spindle weld.
  • Certain Entegra (2010 and 2011) Anthem and Cornerstone Class A motorhomes manufactured from June 3, 2009, through Aug 27, 2010. There may be an improper electrical connection at the buss bar on the affected transfer switches.
  • Certain Coachmen RV (2011) Mirada, Encounter, Cross Country, and Pathfinder travel trailers manufactured from June 28, 2010, through Aug. 26, 2010, and manufactured with Siemens and Murray brand one-inch plug-in circuit breakers, single and double pole, 15 through 50 amps, manufactured between June 23 and July 2, 2010. The house type circuit breakers may be faulty and heat up and cause a fire.
  • Certain Peterson Industries (2010 and 2011) Excel Winslow, Limited and Wild Cargo motorhomes equipped with Suburban gas cook stoves with sealed burners. The units involved use an aluminum tube to carry liquid propane gas from the oven control valve to the gas orifice which supplies gas to the burner. This can cause the tube to break resulting in a gas leak when the oven burner attempts to light.
  • Certain Dynamax Corp. (2010 and 2011) Isata, DynaQuest ST, DynaQuest XL and Grand Sport motorhomes manufactured from April 2, 2010, through June 30, 2010, equipped with Xantrex Freedom SW 3000 inverter/charges. Due to poor soldering in close proximity to inadequately torqued bus bars in the product, melted solder can result in a short circuit failure.
  • One Nu Wa (2010) Discovery series motorhome equipped with Suburban gas cook stoves with sealed burners. The unit involved uses an aluminum tube to carry liquid propane gas from the oven control valve to the gas orifice which supplies gas to the burner.
  • Certain Heartland RV (2011) Caliber travel trailers manufactured from July 21, 2010, through Sept. 15, 2010. These vehicles have the potential for the suspension to contact the liquid propane (LP) pipe under trailer.

Meanwhile, the following firms have reported recalls in connection with Dimplex Electraflame, Symphony or Optiflame branded electric fireplaces, stoves and fireplace inserts:

  • Certain Gulf Stream (2004- 2011) Yellowstone, (2004-2009) Prairie Schooner, (2002-2003) Seahawk, (2007-2011) Mako, (2003) Kingsley, (2007-2009) Sedona, (2008) Canyon Trail,( 2008-2010) Super Nova, (2009-2010) Endura and (2010) Caribbean recreational vehicles.
  • Certain Airstream (2001-2004) 34-foot Classic travel trailers.
  • Certain Nu Wa Industries (2000-2010) recreational trailers.
  • Certain Tiffin Motor Homes Inc. (2002-2004) 36 LB Bay and Model year 2003-2004 40 TGP buses.
  • Certain Heartland RV (2005) Landmark fifth-wheels and Golden Gate recreational trailers.
  • Certain Jayco Inc. (2004) Legacy and (2005) Designer fifth-wheels.
  • Certain Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. (2001-2002) Fifth Avenue, Signature and (2003-2004) Colorado recreational vehicles.
  • Certain Newmar Inc. trailers.
  • Certain Breckenridge (2002-2010) travel trailers manufactured from May 15, 2001, through July 31, 2010.
  • Certain New Horizons (2009) Majestic fifth-wheels.
  • Certain DRV recreational vehicles.
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NHTSA Updates RV-Related Recall List

September 13, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the latest recalls related to the RV industry:

  • Certain (2011) Forest River Inc. Wildcat travel trailers manufactured from Jan. 1, 2010, through July 22, 2010. The information for the models’ gross vehicle weight rating, gross axle weight rating, tires, rims and air pressure was incorrectly inputted in the corporate computer system. As a result, it may lead an owner to inadvertently overload the vehicle.
  • Certain (2011) Jayco Inc. Jay Feather travel trailers Series X213 manufactured from May 17, 2010, through Aug, 16, 2010, for failing to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110: Tire Selection and Rims. The federal ID label and the tire and loading information label have an incorrect tire pressure.
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NHTSA’s Updated RV-Related Recall List

August 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the latest recalls related to the RV industry:

  • Forest River Inc. is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Work and Play travel and fifth-wheels trailers manufactured from Feb. 26, 2009, through June 14, 2010. The egress window may stick or require more than 20 pounds of pressure to open.
  • Roadtrek is recalling certain model year 2008 through 2010 Roadtrek 17PC, 17VC, 19PC, 19VC, 21PC, and 21VC model class “B” motorhomes built on GM Express van chassis from Jan. 1, 2008, through Jan, 1, 2010. On some motorhomes, the lumbar support wire harness which is between the switch and the lumbar motor may have insulation that is not rated against risk of fire as per specification.
  • Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Coleman, Dutchmen, and Four Winds, model year 2010 Aristocrat, Dutchmen Lite, Dutchmen Sport and model year 2011 Rainier recreational vehicles manufactured from Nov. 2, 2009, through May 5, 2010. These vehicles were manufactured with axles that may not provide the proper tire sidewall clearance to the travel trailer wheel well or slide room cross shaft.
  • Starcraft RV is recalling certain model year 2010 Centennial camping trailers manufactured from Nov. 11, 2009, through April 6, 2010. The axle is located too far forward allowing the tires to make contact with the wheel well, which may cause damage to the tire and/or the wheel well.
  • Jayco Inc. is recalling certain model year 2010 Jayco Select camping trailers manufactured from Nov. 11, 2009, through April 6, 2010. The axle is located too far forward allowing the tires to make contact with the wheel well, which may cause damage to the tire and/or the wheel well.
  • Airstream Inc. is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 classic travel trailers manufactured from March 2005 through April 2009 and equipped with hydraulic brake controller by active technologies. It is possible that the brake controller can fail unexpectedly causing the brakes on the trailer to lock up or to fail completely.
  • Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. is recalling certain model year 2011 Coleman, Dutchmen, and Four Winds travel trailers manufactured from May 14, 2010 through June 29, 2010, for failing to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.” These vehicles were manufactured with the incorrect information on the federal identification tag. The label lists the wrong gross axle weight rating (GAWR), the wrong number of axles and the wrong gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).
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