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Updating January RV-Related NHTSA Recalls

February 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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

  • Certain (2010-2011) Keystone RV Co. Cougar, Laredo and Outback travel trailers equipped with Lippert Component hitch couplers for lack of indentation on the forward edge of the coupler.
  • Certain (2011) Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. Rubicon and Voltage recreational vehicles manufactured from Aug. 16, 2010, through Dec. 23, 2010. The fuel shut-off timer modules are defective.
  • Certain (2010-2011) Fleetwood RV Southwind and (2010) Bounder Class A motorhomes. The LPG tank can come into contact with the spring shackle carrier bolt and damage the LPG tank.
  • Certain (2006-2010) DRV Elite, Mobile Suite and Select Suite recreational vehicles. 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.”
  • Certain (2010-2011) MCI D4500, D4505, and D4000 motorcoaches. The affected pulley covers may lack certain welds required to keep the covers attached to the coach structure.
  • Certain (2010-2011) Forest River Inc. Salem travel trailers manufactured from Sept. 25, 2009, through Jan. 13, 2011. The bottom leaf on the leaf springs may rotate out of position and make contact with the tire.
  • Certain (2010-2011) Entegra Aspire Class A motorhomes manufactured from April 22, 2009, through Dec. 23, 2010, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety No. 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment.” The position of the high beam and low beam headlamps are transposed from their proper position.
  • Certain (2009-2011) Keystone RV Co. Montana Big Sky and (2010-2011) Montana fifth-wheel trailers. The propane hose for the slide room may contact the tire and may become damaged.
  • Certain (2011) Navistar Onyx travel trailers manufactured from June 18, 2010, through Sept. 29, 2010. Under extreme rough road conditions, the suspension equalizer linkages may contact, and possibly damage, brake wiring and/or liquid propane line that are routed above the suspension.
  • Certain (2010-2011) Coachmen Brookstone trailers equipped with Dometic conventional microwave oven. The conventional microwave oven may not have been installed according to the manufacturers installation instructions.
  • Certain (2009) Coachmen Georgie Boy Cruise Master Class A motorhomes. The fuel-fill cap assemblies used to seal the unused side of the dual-fill gasoline fuel tank were produced with a hose material that did not meet design specifications.
  • Certain (2007-2010) Thor Motor Coach Damon Challenger, (2008-2009) Challenger Platinum, (2007-2011) Daybreak, (2010) Daybreak Classic, (2009-2010) Daybreak Sport, (2007-2009) Outlaw and (2011) Four Winds Hurricane recreational vehicles manufactured from March 2007, through August 2008. The fuel-fill cap assemblies used to seal the unused side of the dual-fill gasoline fuel tank were produced with a hose material that did not meet design specifications.
  • Certain (2011) Keystone RV Co. Avalanche, Laredo, and Springdale recreational vehicles 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 (2007-2008) Coachmen Chaparral, (2004-2006) Somerset, (2007-2008) Wyoming, (2004-2005) Santara and (2004-2006) Sportscoach Elite motorhomes and fifth-wheel trailers manufactured from October 2003 through September 2007. These vehicles are 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 (2011) Newmar Essex DP, King Aire DB and Mountain Aire DP recreational vehicles manufactured from Oct. 14, 2009, through Nov.30, 2010. These vehicles are equipped with V-bus FET-8 control boards manufactured by KIB electronics and there is a potential defect that may result in an unrecognized excessive current situation.
  • Certain (2008) Winnebago Industries Inc. Destination and Latitude motorhomes built on Workhouse Custom chassis. The fuel fill cap assemblies used to seal the unused fuel tank inlet were produced with an incorrect hose material.
  • Certain (2010) Fleetwood RV Fiesta Class A motorhomes. The headlights may have been incorrectly wired, resulting in reduced headlight illumination with the headlights on low beam.

Meanwhile, the following firms have announced a recall of units equipped with the 1200-series Norcold refrigerators: Tiffin Motorhomes Inc., KZRV, Fleetwood RV and Marathon Homes Corp.

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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 Issues Latest RV-Related Recall List

April 6, 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 (2007-2009) Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC Cyclone fifth-wheel trailers for failing to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.” It has been determined that these vehicles were manufactured with incorrect axle information printed on the federal certification label. The actual axle rating (GAWR) is 5,080 lbs. and is listed as 5,200 lbs. on the label.
  • Certain (2009-2010) Coachmen RV Prism and Freelander recreational vehicles built on 2008 Sprinter chassis. The engine control module may not actuate the EGR valve sufficiently to prevent soot accumulation, resulting in improper valve operation or sticking.
  • Certain (2008-2009) Forest River Inc. Charleston motorhomes manufactured between Aug. 16, 2007, and Sept. 23, 2008, 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 (2010) Airstream Inc. Flying Cloud travel trailers. These vehicles were built with axles rated at 3,800 lbs. The vehicles should have been built with axles rated at 4,400 lbs.
  • Certain (2010-2011) Monaco RV Holiday Rambler Campmaster recreational vehicles for failing to comply with part 567, “Certification,” and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.” The labels that list the trailer’s gross axle weight ratings, tire information and cargo carrying capacity may be incorrect.
  • Certain (2010) Winnebago Industries Inc. Sightseer D33C, Vista E30W and Itasca Sunova D33C and Sunstar E30W motorhomes manufactured from July 16, 2009, through Jan. 14, 2010. These vehicles may have wiring from an incomplete 120-volt circuit that may become energized.
  • Certain (2010) Triple E Regency GT 29DB and GT28DB motorhomes equipped with Flexsteel easy-bed sofa for failing to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 207, “Seating System.” The easy bed sofa was manufactured without a rollover safety locking latch.
  • Certain (2009-2010) Entegra Coach Anthem and Cornerstone motorhomes manufactured from March 24, 2009, through Feb. 16, 2010, built on Spartan chassis and equipped with pneumatic and hydraulic adjustable brake pedal assemblies supplied by Kongsberg Automotive. The drive pin, which secures the brake pedal arm to the balance 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) Prevost motorcoaches fitted with Ricon public use lifts. The restraint belt on these lifts was designed to prevent the lift from moving, unless the tongue of the belt is fully engaged and latched in the buckle. Ricon has discovered, however, that it is possible for the operator to insert the belt tongue into the buckle without fully engaging the latching mechanism.
  • Certain (2008-2009) Winnebago Industries Inc. motorhomes fitted with Ricon public use lifts. The restraint belt on these lifts was designed to prevent the lift from moving, unless the tongue of the belt is fully engaged and latched in the buckle. Ricon has discovered, however, that it is possible for the operator to insert the belt tongue into the buckle without fully engaging the latching mechanism.
  • Certain (2010-2011) Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC Trail Runner and North Country travel trailers for failing to comply with the requirements of part 567, “Certification.” The Federal identification label does not contain the correct gross axle weight rating (GAWR) information. The label states the GAWR for each axle to be 5,200 lbs. when the actual GAWR is 5,080 lbs.
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NHTSA Issues Latest RV-Related Recalls Listings

October 6, 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 and Four Winds trailers  because they fail to comply with the requirements of part 567, “Certification.” The federal identification tag tire and loading information label does not contain the correct size.
  • Certain (2003 and 2004) Newmar  motorhomes and  trailers equipped with Norcold refrigerators.
  • Certain 2001-2003 KZRV  recreational trailers equipped with Norcold  refrigerators.
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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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