June RV Manufacturer Recalls

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

Crossroads RV

Topeka, Indiana-based Crossroads RV is recalling 77 model year 2011 Crossroads Cruiser recreational trailers, manufactured from August 5, 2010 through December 15, 2010.

These vehicles were manufactured with incorrect information on the federal identification tag, tire, and loading information label and the recreational vehicle cargo carrying capacity label.

Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 120, “Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicle Other Than Passenger Cars.”

An inaccurate label could lead to improper vehicle loading specifications which could lead to a tire failure which may result in personal injury or property damage.

Crossroads will notify owners and provide corrected labels. Owners may contact Thor Industries at 1-937-596-7965 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 447 model year 2012 and 2013 Surveyor travel trailers, manufactured from August 12, 2011 through April 6, 2012.

On certain floor plans, the liquid propane (LP) gas line was routed and fastened along the bottom of the frame rail. When the trailer hits a bump, the positioning of the LP gas line may allow the “U” bolt on the axle to pinch the line between the main rail and the “U” bolt.

As a result, the line may break and leak LP gas, which may cause a fire, injury, or death.
Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will re-route the LP line, free of charge. Owners may contact Forest River at 1-574-389-4600.

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 57 model year 2010-2011 Stealth recreational trailers.

The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Cargo Carrying Capacity Specification is incorrect on the Federal Certification Label and the Tire Information Label. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.”

Incorrect weight information may lead to overloading, which may cause axle or tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will remove and replace the labels with corrected labels.

Owners should contact Forest River at 1-909-873-3777.

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 two model year 2012 Phaeton RVs built on a Spartan chassis 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 be sufficient to hold the vehicle in place. Accordingly, the vehicle could roll away and strike and injure a bystander or cause a crash without warning.

The affected vehicles have not been sold yet and Tiffin has notified the dealers that are in possession of the vehicles. Spartan dealers will install improved brake chambers prior to sale.

Owners may contact Tiffin Motorhomes at 1-256-356-8661.

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 fourteenth in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls.

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