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State Laws Addressing Towed Trailer Safety

July 6, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

States are beginning to address a highway safety issue that previously had little visibility: motorists killed in accidents involving passenger vehicles towing trailers.

An average of more than one person a day dies in such crashes, according to federal data. The collisions often occur when poorly secured trailers break loose and careen into traffic — a problem resonating as the Fourth of July holiday signals arrival of peak moving and recreational boating seasons, according to USA Today.

A Virginia law that took effect last week requires that any vehicle towing another vehicle or trailer have a trailer hitch or similar device strong enough for the weight of the vehicle or trailer being towed.

At least four other states — Alabama, Hawaii, Louisiana and Tennessee — considered similar measures this year, and legislators expect to revisit the issue next year. Also, a Wisconsin state senator says he will introduce legislation next year.

“We’ve heard some really, really awful stories from here and from other states,” says Wisconsin state Sen. Dave Hansen, a Democrat from Green Bay.

Hansen says he was spurred to action by the April 20 death of Whitney Radder, a 19-year-old University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student who was killed when a trailer came loose from a pickup and crashed into her car on U.S. 41 in Howard.

Her death was one of hundreds tracked each year across the U.S. by Virginia traffic safety activist Ron Melancon, the driving force behind Virginia’s new law. Melancon, 46, founder of www.dangeroustrailers.org, has campaigned for stricter laws and inspections of towed trailers since 2003.

“Our best course to prevent these needless injuries or deaths is through education, enforcement and vehicle design engineering to minimize the human error factor,” Melancon says.

Regulations on passenger vehicles towing trailers vary widely from state to state. From 1975 through 2008, 15,211 people were killed in crashes involving passenger vehicles towing trailers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“We are committed to safety,” says Pam O’Toole, executive director of the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers, whose 750 member companies make about 75% of trailers sold in the U.S.

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NHTSA Issues Latest RV-Related Recall List

May 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall notice for the following product related to the recreational vehicle industry:

  • Certain (2010) Fleetwood RV Bounder Classic 30T and Encounter 28MS, 30SA and 32BH Class A motorhomes manufactured Feb. 26, 2010, through March 29, 2010 for failing to comply with the requirements of part 567, “Certification.” The federal certification tag was printed with an incorrect rear tire psi and/or incorrect tire size.
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NHTSA Issues Latest RV-Related Recalls List

March 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued recall notices for the following products related to the recreational vehicle industry:

  • Certain (2009-2010) TrailManor  travel trailers equipped with Carrier AIRV ceiling units, model Nos. 68RV0010BA, 68RV0012CA, and 68RV0010EA. The heater element in these assemblies may be defective which could cause the unit to create smoke or sparks.
  • Certain (2010) Keystone RV Co. Fuzion travel trailers and fifth-wheels with the Touring Edition II package. The rear ramp door cable support bracket bolts may fail when the door is used in the patio position.
  • Certain (2010) Jayco Inc. Insignia motorhomes built on Freightliner chassis with Kongsberg Power Products Systems adjustable brake pedals. The drive pin which secures the brake pedal arm to the balance of the assembly may become disengaged, this may cause a reduction in vehicle braking and/or cause the brake pedal to  ove out of position and interfere with throttle pedal function.
  • Certain (2010) Entegra Aspire motorhomes built on Freightliner chassis with Kongsberg Power Products Systems adjustable brake pedals. The drive pin which secures the brake pedal arm to the balance of the assembly may become disengaged, this may cause a reduction in vehicle braking and/or cause the brake pedal to move out of position and interfere with throttle pedal function.
  • Certain (2008-2010) Keystone RV Co. Cougar and Laredo travel trailers and fifth-wheel vehicles. These vehicles have experienced a limited number of failures with its spare tire carriers
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NHTSA Issues Latest RV-Related Recalls Listings

February 15, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued recall notices for the following products related to the recreational vehicle industry:

  • Certain (2009 and 2010) Fleetwood RV Fiesta and Terra 34B Class A motorhomes for failing to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.” The certification tag and the cargo carrying capacity tag figures related to the fresh water tank’s capacity are incorrect.
  • Certain (2008) Coachmen motorhomes built on Freightliner XC motorhome chassis manufactured between March 6, 2007 and Dec. 11, 2009, with Kongsberg Power Products Systems adjustable brake pedals. The drive pin which secures the brake pedal arm to the balance of the assembly may become disengaged.
  • Certain (2008-2009) Navistar Beaver Contessa, (2009) Beaver Marquis, Patriot, Monterey, (2009-2010) Holiday Rambler Ambassador, (2010-2011) Holiday Rambler Endeavor, (2009-2010) Holiday Rambler Imperial, (2010) Holiday Rambler Navigator, and Sceptor, (2010) Monaco Camelot, (2010-2011) Monaco Diplomat, (2010) Monaco Dynasty, (2009-2010) Monaco Knight and (2010) Monaco Signature manufactured from Jan. 22, 2008, through Oct. 27, 2009, on behalf of Monaco RV with Kongsberg power products systems adjustable brake pedals. The drive pin which secures the brake pedal arm to the balance of the assembly may become disengaged.
  • Certain (2010) Starcraft Lexion and Emblem fifth-wheel travel trailers. In the presence of moisture, a remote activation module for the leveling jack may activate autonomously without the use of the remote control.
  • Certain 2008-2009) Winnebago Industries Inc. Vectra and Itasc Horizon motorhomes manufactured between Nov. 2006, and May 2009, equipped with Kongsberg Automotive adjustable brake pedals. The adjustable brake pedal arm may loosen allowing the arm to rotate around its shaft and swing in front of the accelerator pedal, reducing braking function.
  • Certain (2009-2010) Jayco Inc. Eagle and (2010) Designer fifth-wheel travel trailers. In the presence of moisture, a remote activation module for the leveling jack may activate autonomously without the use of the remote control.
  • Certain (2010) Entegra Emblem fifth-wheel travel trailers. In the presence of moisture, a remote activation module for the leveling jack may activate autonomously without the use of the remote control.
  • Certain (2008-2009) Four Winds International Inc. Presidio, (2007-2010) Mandalay and (2010) Montecito motorhomes built between Oct. 5, 2004, and Nov. 25, 2009, on Freightliner chassis manufactured between May 2007 and November 2009 with Kongsberg power products systems adjustable brake pedals. The drive pin which secures the brake pedal arm to the balance of the assembly may become disengaged.
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NHTSA Issues RV-Related Product Recall List

January 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued recall notices for the following products related to the recreational vehicle industry:

  • Certain (2005-2008) Newell Coach Corp. motorhomes equipped with Caterpillar C15 engine. The variable valve actuation oil line may rub against the p-clips retaining the oil line, causing an oil leak.
  • Certain (2008-2010) Spartan MM, K2, and K3 motorhome chassis manufactured from April 27, 2007, to Aug. 11, 2009, equipped with pneumatic and hydraulic adjustable brake pedal assemblies p/nos. 6562618, 6565118, 77025-001, 77025-002, 77025-501, 77050-004, supplied by Kongsberg Automotive. Some assemblies could contain a drive pin that is below specification and may become disengaged from the brake arm causing separation or loosening of the pedal from the remainder of the assembly.
  • Certain (2010) Fleetwood RV Jamboree Sport and Tioga Ranger 25G Class C motorhomes manufactured between April 20 and Dec 7, 2009. The LPG supply line routed through the rear wheel well may come in contact with the chassis spring assembly causing damage to the LPG supply line.
  • Certain (2010) Keystone RV Co. Raptor fifth-wheel trailers. The rear stabilizing jacks may extend while driving due to exposed wiring on the extend/retract switch for the jacks. If the exposed wiring is subject to road spray, it may activate the remote control panel and extend the jacks.
  • Certain (2008-2009) Tiffin  Motor Homes Inc.  motorhome powerglide chassis equipped with pneumatic and hydraulic adjustable brake pedal assemblies p/nos. 6562618, 6565118, 77025-001, 77025-002, 77025-501, 77050-004, supplied by Kongsberg Automotive. Some assemblies could contain a drive pin that is below specification and may become disengaged from the brake arm causing separation or loosening of the pedal from the remainder of the assembly.
  • Certain (2008-2010) ForetravelPhenix and Nimbus motorhome chassis equipped with pneumatic and hydraulic adjustable brake pedal assemblies p/nos. 6562618, 6565118, 77025-001, 77025-002, 77025-501, 77050-004, supplied by Kongsberg automotive. Some assemblies could contain a drive pin that is below specification and may become disengaged from the brake arm causing separation or loosening of the pedal from the remainder of the assembly.
  • Certain (2010) Winnebago Industries Inc. View and Itasca Navion motorhomes for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 207, “Seating Systems,” and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 210, “Seat Belt Assembly.” The seats are missing a reinforcing plate. This does not meet the requirements of the standard.
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NHTSA Issues Latest RV-Related Recalls Listings

September 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued recall notices for the following products related to the recreational vehicle industry:

  • Certain (2009-2010) Dutchmen Manufacturing Co. trailers because the federal identification tag tire and loading information label does not contain the correct size.
  • Certain  Winnebago Industries Inc. (2007-2008) Access, Aspect, Sightseer and Vista motorhomes, (2007-2008)  Itasca Impulse, Cambria, Sunova and Sunstar motorhomes (2009-2010) Access, Sightseer and Vista motorhomes and (2009-2010)  Itasca Impulse, Sunova and Sunstar motorhomes. The RVs may have a missing stove partition that isolates the furnace air.

Meanwhile, the following companies are reclaling units in conjunction with an ongoing Norcold recall:

  • Certain 2003 and 2004 Newmar Corp. motorhomes and trailers.
  • Certain (2001-2003) KZRV  recreational trailers. 
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NHTSA Issues Latest RV-Related Recalls List

June 12, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued recall notices for the following products related to the recreational vehicle industry:

  • 176 (2009) Forest River Cardinal fifth-wheels that fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 120, “Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars.” Due to faulty scales in the production facility, the label for the cargo carrying capacity values is incorrect.
  • 58 (2010) Heartland Recreational Vehcless LLC Eagle Ridge fifth-wheels. The LP line for the kitchen slideout was improperly routed which allows the line to rub against the tire, damaging the LP hose and wiring.
  • 2,052 (2002-2009) Airstream Inc. Bambi, International, Safari, 75th Anniversary, DWR and Ocean Breeze travel trailers for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment.” The travel trailers were built without rear reflex reflectors.
  • Seven (2009) Fleetwood Tradition Class A motorhomes for failing to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.” The federal certification tag figures related to the towed weight and tongue weight are incorrect.
  • 311 (2009) Fleetwood Providence, Excursion, Expedition, Discovery and Bounder diesel motorhomes. The battery cable may become dislodged and come in contact with the drive shaft causing entanglement or abrasion to the battery cable.
  • 484 (2008-2010) Spartan ADV, BEY, FUR, GLC, GLD, K2, K3, MG, MM, MTR and NVS fire truck, ambulance and motorhome chassis manufactured between July 1 and Dec. 16, 2008, equipped with certain Haldex quick release valves (QRV). The rubber diaphragm inside the QRV may experience delamination resulting in significant levels of air pressure leakage past and/or through the diaphragm, or the development of a bubble in the diaphragm which may trap air pressure in the valve and not allow the service brakes to release.
  • An unspecified number and model year  of Winnebago motorhomes equipped with axles that include Bosh ZOPS or ZOHT pin slide hydraulic disc brakes. The claiphers may stick in the applied position and can result in abnormal heat generation at the wheel end causing brake drag.
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NHTSA Issues Latest RV-Related Recalls List

April 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued recall notices for the following products related to the recreational vehicle industry:

  • 1,408 (2006-2009) Tiffin Allegro Bus, (2007-2009) Phaeton and (2005-2009) Zephyr vehicles built on Spartan chassis and equipped with Putman hitches. Certain trailer hitches may fracture which could result in the loss of the trailer.
  • 124 (2009) Fleetwood Tioga and Jamboree 31M Class C motorhomes for falling to comply with certain certification requirements. The certification tag and the cargo carrying capacity tag figures related to the fresh water tank capacity of 50 gallons is incorrect. The correct water tank capacity is 35 gallons.
  • 216 (2008) Pacific Coachworks Tango travel trailers. The information provided on the tire and loading information labels denoting the tire pressure and the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) is incorrect. The tire specified pressure reads 65 psi when it should read 50 psi and the GAWR is listed as 3,700 lbs when it should read 3,500 lbs.

The following have been issued in connection with an ongoing Dometic refrigerator recall:

  • 75 (2004-2007) Triple E Empress Commander, Embassy, Regency and Topaz,  (2004-2005 and 2007) Signature and (2005-2007) Regency GT recreational vehicles.
  • 307 (2004-2006) S&S recreational vehicles.
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