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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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