April RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving four recreational vehicle manufacturers— Featherlite, Inc., Spartan Chassis, Inc., Winnebago Industries Inc., and Motor Coach Industries Inc. (MCI).

Featherlite, Inc.

Cresco, Iowa-based Featherlite, Inc. is recalling five model year 2012 8415 trailers quipped with electric/hydraulic (E/H) brake actuator pumps. Some of these pumps may not have been properly heat treated. This condition can cause premature wear of some critical components in these pumps, which can render the unit inoperable.

The E/H brake actuator provides braking power to the trailer brakes. Failure of the actuator can result in the loss of braking effort by the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash.
Featherlite will notify owners, and dealers will replace the actuators free of charge.

Featherlite has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Featherlite at 1-877-903-1444.

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.

Spartan Chassis, Inc

Charlotte, Michigan-based Spartan Chassis, Inc. is recalling 13 model year 2012 K2 and MG chassis manufactured from Dec. 15, 2011 through Jan. 31, 2012, and equipped with 3030 brake chambers. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 121, “Air Brake Systems” because they do not meet the park brake and draw bar requirements.

The park brake may not hold the vehicle in place and if the vehicle moves, injury or property damage could occur without warning.

Spartan will notify owners and install improved brake chambers, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact Spartan at 1-517-543-6400.

Spartan’s Safety Recall No. is 12005.

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 recalling two model year 2008 Access motorhomes, manufactured on April 10, 2008 and July 23, 2008. Over time and with frequent use, the roll stop latches on the wheelchair lift outer barrier may become bent or misaligned.

A wheelchair occupant may defeat or ride over the insufficiently latched roll stop. If this occurs when the lift platform is in an elevated position, the wheelchair’s occupant could fall and sustain injury.

Winnebago is working with Braun to identify and notify owners, and Braun dealers will repair the vehicles, free of charge.

Owners may contact Winnebago Industries Owner Relations at 1-641-585-6939.
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.

Motor Coach Industries (MCI)

Schaumburg, Illinois-based Motor Coach Industries Inc. (MCI) is recalling model year 2009-2012 J motor coaches. Due to inadequate bonding, the transom windows, the rear-most windows on each side, may detach from the coach, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Potentially 560 units are affected.

A transom window detachment without warning could increase the risk of personal injury or property damage, according to NHTSA.

MCI will notify owners, and dealers will install mechanical retention clips on the transom windows, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin this month.

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.
http://www.safercar.gov/

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

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