May RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving five recreational vehicle manufacturers—Jayco, Airstream, Crossroads RV, Forest River, and Tiffin Motorhomes.

Jayco, Inc.

Middlebury, Indiana-based Jayco, Inc. is recalling 66 model year 2012 Jay Flight Bungalow travel trailers, manufactured from March 19, 2012 through March 27, 2012.

The load range and the cold tire inflation pressure on these trailers are incorrectly identified. Thus, these vehicles 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.”

Relying on the misprinted label could lead to improper vehicle loading specifications or tire inflation, which could result in a tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Jayco, Inc. will notify owners, and dealers will remove and replace the labels with a correct label. Owners should contact Jayco at 1-574-825-0608.

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.

Airstream, Inc.

Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream, Inc. is recalling 12 model year 2012-2013 International Eddie Bauer travel trailers.

The Part 567 Certification Labels on the vehicles contain incorrect tire and rim size information. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

Incorrect tire and tire pressure information on the label could lead to the installation of a tire with the wrong load rating and insufficient tire pressure. These conditions could result in tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Airstream will mail to consumers the corrected label and provide instructions on how to install the label.

Owners should contact Thor at 1-937-596-6849 or Airstream at 1-937-538-1268.
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

Topeka, Indiana-based Crossroads RV is recalling 24 model year 2012 Elevation RVs manufactured from November 7, 2011 through February 22, 2012.

The onboard, auxiliary fuel storage tank is installed too high, which does not permit the tank to be filled properly. As a result, fuel may come back out of the fuel filler neck and spill.

In the presence of an ignition source, this could cause a fire or an explosion, which may result in personal injury or death.

Crossroads will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank mounting brackets free of charge.

Owners may contact Thor at 1-937-596-6849 or Crossroads at 1-260-593-2866.

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.

Forest River Inc.

Elkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. is recalling 1,468 model year 2010-2012 Georgetown RVs built on a Ford stripped chassis, manufactured from February 15, 2010 through November 29, 2011.

The gear shifter’s cable may break at the attachment to the transmission control selector arm assembly mounted on the steering column. If the cable breaks, the transmission gear indicator in the gear display in the instrument panel will remain in the first gear position regardless of the gear selected.

An incorrect gear indication in the instrument panel increases the risk that a vehicle is left in gear, such that the vehicle could roll, leading to a crash or injury to a bystander.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission selector arm assembly and the cable assembly, free of charge.

Forest Rivers has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Forest River at 1-574-295-8749.

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.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.

Red Bay, Alabama-based Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. is recalling 1,250 model year 2010 through 2012 Allegro motorhomes built on Ford F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis.

The gear shift cable may break at the attachment to the transmission control selector arm assembly mounted on the steering column. If the cable breaks, the transmission gear indicator in the gear shift display in the instrument panel will remain in the first gear regardless of the gear selected.

An incorrect gear indication in the instrument panel may prevent the driver from knowing if they are in park or reverse, increasing the risk of a crash.

Tiffin is working with Ford to identify and notify owners of the affected motorhomes. Ford will replace the transmission selector arm assembly and the gear shift cable assembly, free of charge. Owners may contact Tiffin at 1-256-356-8661 or Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.

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.

Worth Pondering…

It is good to appreciate that life is now. Whatever it offers, little or much, life is now—this day—this hour.

—Charles Macomb Flandrau

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