More February RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving three recreational vehicle manufacturers— Tiffin Motorhomes, Crossroads RV, and Winnebago Industries.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc

Red Bay, Alabama-based Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. is potentially recalling 13 certain Model Year 2011, 2012, and 2013 recreational vehicles, models Phaeton and Zephyr, equipped with a Cummins ISB, ISC, ISL, or ISX 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 that 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. If the inlet or outlet sections disconnect, hot exhaust gases can vent prior to exiting the tailpipe, creating the risk of combustion and a fire. If both clamps fail, there is a risk in some applications that the DOC/DPF housing may detach completely, creating a road hazard.

Tiffin is working with Cummins to identify and notify owners of the recall campaign. Repairs will be performed by authorized Cummins dealers free of charge.

Owners may contact Cummins at 1-812-377-5000 or Tiffin at 1-256-356-8661.

Cummins recall campaign number is c1154.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Crossroads RV, Inc.

Topeka, Indiana-based Crossroads RV is recalling six certain Model Year 2012 Redwood recreational vehicles manufactured from August 26, 2011, through January  18, 2012, equipped with a hydraulic trailer brake pump. The hydraulic pump could fail and result in a loss of braking in the trailer.

A loss of braking can lead to loss of control of the trailer increasing the risk of a crash, serious injuries, or property damage.

Crossroads will notify owners, and dealers will replace the hydraulic pumps free of charge.

Owners may contact Crossroads RV at 1-888-226-7496.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Winnebago Industries, Inc.

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc. is potentially recalling 38 certain Model Year 2012 Access, Access Premier and Itasca Impulse and Impulse Silver motorhomes, manufactured from June 28, 2011, through January 25, 2012. The parking brake cable may rub on a metal support under the vehicle.

If the parking brake cable rubs, it may fail to release, or over time it may abrade until it to fails, resulting in the vehicle rolling away without prior warning possibly causing personal injury or death.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will shorten the metal tube to provide clearance for the parking brake cable, free of charge.

The safety recall is expected to begin during March 2012.

Owners may contact Winnebago Industries owner relations at 1-641-585-6939.

Winnebago’s safety recall number is 125.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Please Note: This is the tenth in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls.

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