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NHTSA Update: RV-Related Recalls for November

December 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

 

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NHTSA Update: RV-Related Recalls for October

November 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The following is a list of RV-related recalls for October compiled by the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA).

• Airstream is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 International, 16-foot ,recreational vehicles manufactured from May 10, 2010, through September 27, 2011. These vehicles were manufactured with the incorrect tire information label. Airstream will mail to consumers the corrected label or the customer will have the option for dealers to install the label free of charge.

• Jayco is recalling certain model year 2010- 2011 Greyhawk Class C motorhomes manufactured from May 28, 2009, through September 22, 2010 for an improper electrical connection at the buss bar on the affected transfer switches. Dealers will replace the transfer switch free of charge. Jayco is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Jay Feather LGT travel trailers manufactured from October 9, 2006, through April 17, 2008. These travel trailers may have insufficient clearance between the tires and the wheel well. Jayco will notify owners and Jayco dealers will add a spacer to increase the distance between the axle and the wheel well free of charge.

• Cruiser RV is recalling certain model year 2011 Shadow Cruiser and Viewfinder recreational vehicles, models V-27RBSS, V-22RBDS, S-285RLS, S-260BHS AND S-280QBS, manufactured from April 21, 2011, through September 6, 2011. These vehicles have the incorrect Federal ID Tag, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) information labels which fails to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.” Cruiser RV will mail to consumers the corrected label or the customer will have the option for dealers to install the label free of charge.

• Keystone is recalling certain model year 2012 Passport travel trailers manufactured from September 15, 2011, through September 28, 2011. The rear living room is missing an egress window. Dealers will replace the window currently installed with an egress window free of charge.

• Spartan is recalling certain model year 2010 and 2011 K2, K3, MM, and SU incomplete recreational vehicle chassis manufactured from January 4, 2010, through January 26, 2011, equipped with an electronic control module, part number 2791-NN2E-001 or 2791-NN2E-002. When the brake is applied, the cruise control may not cancel. Additionally, these vehicles may exhibit an inadvertent, moderate increase in vehicle speed until the vehicles reaches its governed speed after the vehicle’s cruise control is set. The manufacturer is in the process of developing a remedy for this issue. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule for this campaign.

• Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Tuscany, Astoria, and Avanti recreational vehicles manufactured from January 21, 2011, through September 16, 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. TMC is working with Cummins to identify and notify owners of the recall campaign. Repairs will be performed by authorized Cummins dealers free of charge.

• Winnebago is recalling certain model year 2011 Journey, Meridian, Tour, Ellipse motorhomes and Winnebago commercial vehicles built on MC, XCL, and XCS chassis from September 1, 2010, through December 31, 2010, and 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. Winnebago is working with Daimler Trucks North America (the supplier of the chassis) and Cummins to identify and notify owners of the recall campaign. The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a remedy plan for this campaign.

• Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is recalling certain model year 2003, and 2007-2012 E and J models along with model year 2007-2012 D4000, D4005, D4500, D4505, D4000ISTV motor coaches equipped with Meritor Wabco Electronic Stability Control (ESC) modules, manufactured from October 2002, through October 2011. Under certain road and driving conditions, vehicle body roll and road inclination characteristics may adversely affect the slip angle calculation of the electronic stability control (esc) system. MCI will notify owners and replace the control module free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule.

 

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NHTSA: Few RV-Related Recalls for September

October 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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

• Tiffin motorhomes is recalling certain model year 2011 Allegro Bus and Phaeton recreational vehicles 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. A fracture or failure of the t-bolt may cause the clamp to loosen and the inlet or outlet sections attached to the DOC/DPF housing to disconnect. Tiffin Motorhomes 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 is expected to begin during October 2011.

• Open Range RV is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Journeyer recreational vehicles manufactured from Aug. 27, 2009, through Nov. 17, 2010. A main supporting cross member was cut out to run a liquid propane line. This can cause stress cracks on the I-beams on both sides of the trailers. Open Range will notify owners and inspect the frame for any missing cross supports and perform the necessary repairs free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during October 2011.

 

 

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Update: NHTSA’s June RV-Related Recall List

July 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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

• Cequent Performance Products is recalling certain Reese, part #54970, and Pro Series, part #63970, branded weight distribution shanks that were imported and sold in the aftermarket to wholesale distributors, installers, mail order, and other customers. These parts were sold both individually and as a component in certain Reese and Pro Series weight distributing kits. Due to an error in production, some of the weight distribution shanks may have an incorrect metallurgy.

• Keystone RV Co. is recalling certain model year 2012 residence travel trailers produced from May 6, 2011, through May 18, 2011. The wiring connection to the 120-volt light on the ceiling of the slide room has the incorrect wiring connectors. The company is also recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Cougar High Country travel trailers produced from November 3, 2010, through May 26, 2011, for having 4400-pound axles installed instead of 5200-pound axles.

• Navistar Inc. is recalling certain model year 2011 W42 and W46 Workhorse chassis manufactured from January 1, 2011, through May 25, 2011. The steering wheel components do not meet design specifications. As a result, the steering wheel inner piece may separate from the outer piece, which may decrease the driver’s ability to control the vehicle.

• Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. is recalling certain model year 2006-2010, Allegro and Allegro Bay motorhomes manufactured from January 2005, through April 2010, and built on a Daimler/Freightliner chassis. The brake lights may be intermittent during light brake applications. The brake lights may not illuminate consistently upon brake application and fail to properly indicate to a following vehicle that the motorhome has slowed or come to a stop. Daimler trucks (DTNA), manufacturer of the chassis, will notify owners and repairs will be performed by DTNA dealerships, free of charge.

• Skyline Corp. is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Nomad, Aljo, Layton, Weekender, Bobcat, Joey, and Koala recreational vehicle travel trailer and fifth-wheel trailers manufactured from October 1, 2010, through April 30, 2011, for contaminated brake systems. With contaminated brakes the vehicle may fail to stop properly resulting in a loss of control of the vehicle. Lippert Components Inc. will perform the required inspection and make any necessary corrections free of charge.

• Heartland RV is recalling certain model year 2011 North Country 30BHS and 32BHDD travel trailers. The cord for hooking into an external electrical power supply has the potential to drape directly in front of the furnace exhaust. This contact could cause damage to the power cord which could result in a fire.

 

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Update: NHTSA’s May RV-Related Recall List

June 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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

• Triple E RV is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 Commander Class A motorhomes manufactured from July 2007 through February 2010. The stop lamps may be intermittent during light brake applications and may not properly indicate that the brakes are applied. Daimler Trucks (DTNA), manufacturer of the chassis, will notify owners.

• Crossroads RV is recalling certain model year 2011 Rushmore and Seville recreational vehicles manufactured from June 21, 2010,through December 15, 2010. The electrical transfer switch wire was installed incorrectly and the transfer switch could send 220 volt current instead of 110 volt current through the trailer’s electrical system. The safety recall began on May 20, 2011.

• Fleetwood RV is recalling certain model year 2011 Bounder, Bounder Classic, Southwind, Storm and Terra Class A motorhomes built on Ford chassis and manufactured from May 4, 2010 through January 26, 2011. A wire harness that is routed under the motorhome, near the chassis rail, can contact a heat shield located next to the passenger side engine exhaust manifold. The safety recall is expected to begin during June 2011.

• Navistar is recalling certain model year 2011 Holiday Rambler Trip and Monaco Vesta recreational vehicles manufactured from February 25, 2010 through April 4, 2011 and equipped with a MaxxForce 7 engine. A cap on the return fuel valve may fall off allowing air to be drawn into the fuel system possibly resulting in engine hard start, no start, or stall conditions. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about June 30, 2011.

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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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Pickup Standards Reflect Input From RVIA

April 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA logoNew light-duty vehicle standards announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) this month take into account comments submitted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Government Affairs department during the rule-making procedure, according to RVIA Express.

In comments submitted earlier this year, RVIA emphasized the importance of retaining towing capability for light-duty trucks. The new rules, which apply to the 2012-2016 model year passenger cars and light-duty vehicles (SUVs up to 10,000 pounds and smaller pickup trucks), take steps to preserve towing capacity while promoting improved fuel economy.

In recognition of the importance of towing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) did not include engine downsizing in their feasibility assessment.

“Had they done so, the standards would have been more stringent,” said RVIA Vice President of Government Affairs Dianne Farrell. “EPA and NHTSA went against suggestions from environmental groups that they establish a single standard for the entire light-vehicle fleet instead of separate standards for cars and light trucks. The groups agreed with RVIA’s contention that light trucks deserve a less-stringent standard than cars because of towing and other features that affect fuel consumption and that are unique to light trucks.”

“RVIA is glad to see that the towing capability of light trucks has not been significantly impacted by the new standards,” she said.

For a detailed assessment of the new rules for light-duty trucks, contact RVIA’s Senior Director of Government Affairs Jay Landers at (703) 620-6003 ext. 354 or jlanders@rvia.org.

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