August RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving two recreational vehicle manufacturers—Forest River and Keystone RV.

Forest River, Inc.
Elkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. is recalling 850 model year 2005-2011 Berkshire and Charleston Motorhomes, equipped with an IOTA ITS-50R transfer switch.

These switches may experience heat-related failures when exposed to elevated electrical loads associated with RV use in higher ambient temperatures. The failure may lead to an increased risk of electrical damage to other appliances.

Continued use of the vehicle without replacing the transfer switch increases the risk of fire, personal injury, and property damage.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the Iota ITS-50R transfer switch, free of charge. Owners may contact Forest River at 1-574-295-8749.

Forest River’s recall campaign number is 40-712.

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 2,741 model year 2009-2011 R-Pod travel trailers manufactured from October 27, 2008, through November 20, 2010, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety No. 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment.” These vehicles do not have the required clearance lights.

This could render the vehicle less visible to other motorists during hours of darkness, possibly resulting in a crash causing property damage and/or personal injury.

Forest River’s petition for relief from remedy based on its belief that the noncompliance was inconsequential to motor vehicle safety was denied by NHTSA on May 16, 2012. Accordingly, Forest River will conduct a safety recall campaign. The safety recall began in May 2012. Owners may contact Forest River at 1-574-642-3119.

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.

Keystone RV Company

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company is recalling 1,012 model year 2010-2012 Cougar 26SAB and 29RES recreational vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2009, through October 24, 2011. The rear bumper, which holds the spare tire assembly, may experience metal fatigue causing the spare tire to separate from the vehicle.

Over time, the bumper may fail and/or separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of personal injury and property damage.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will install a reinforcement kit free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during August 2012. Owners may contact Keystone at 1-866-425-4369.

Keystone’s recall campaign number is 12-178.

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.

Keystone RV Company

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company is recalling 117 model year 2013 Outback and Sydney recreational vehicles manufactured from July 10, 2012, through July 17, 2012. These vehicles may have been manufactured with two carbon monoxide detectors and no smoke detector.

In the event of a fire, the lack of a fire detector can lead to an increased risk of personal injury and/or property damage.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and install, as necessary, a fire detector, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in Aug. 2012. Owners may contact Keystone at 1-866-425-4369.

Keystone’s recall campaign number is 12-179. Customers may contact the National Highway 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.

Keystone RV Company

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling 220 model year 2013 Bullet Premier 31BHPR travel trailers, manufactured from April 2, 2012, through July 24, 2012.

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 Vehicles 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.

Keystone’s recall number is 12-180. Keystone will notify owners and provide corrected labels. The recall is expected to begin during Aug. 2012. Owners may contact Keystone RV Company at 574-535-2100.

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

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