More September RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced four recall notices involving four recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Ford Motor Company, Spartan Chassis, Winnebago Industries, and Jayco.

Ford Motor Company

Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford Motor Company is recalling 31 model year 2013 F-53 motorhome stripped chassis vehicles manufactured from July 10, 2012 through July 13, 2012.

These vehicles were assembled with incorrect steering gear adapter plate retention fasteners. Steering gear adapter plate fasteners could lead to torque loss in the steering gear attachment, potentially leading to loosening and subsequent separation of the steering gear over time.

Separation of the steering gear may lead to a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering gear adapter plate retention fasteners, free of charge.

The safety recall is expected to begin on September 7, 2012. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Ford’s recall campaign number is 12S38.

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 491 model year 2008-2013 K2 and MM motor home chassis, equipped with a Hendrickson independent front suspension.

The front brake chambers may contact the upper control arm of the independent front suspension. Continued contact may result in damage sufficient enough to inhibit the full release of the brakes. If the brakes do not fully release, as they drag, heat could be generated, causing the brakes to engage even further.

As the brakes self-engage, the driver could lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Spartan chassis will notify owners, and repair the vehicles. Spartan Chassis has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Spartan at 1-800-543-5008.

Spartan’s safety recall number is 12010.

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

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago is recalling a model year 2013 Winnebago and 2013 Itasca motor home built on a Ford F-53 chassis. The steering gear bracket may have been secured with nuts that may damage the bolts due to an incompatibility between the installation torque and the nut finish.

The bolts may fracture, leading to separation of the steering gear and thus a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

These vehicles have been repaired prior to being sold, therefore an owner notification notice will not be issued.

Consumers 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.

Jayco, Inc.

Goshen, Indiana-based Jayco, Inc. is recalling 1,596 model year 2008-2009 and 2011 Greyhawk Class C motorhomes, model year 2008-2011 Melbourne Class C motorhomes, and 2008-2010 Octane Sport Utility travel trailers manufactured from May 21, 2007, through Sept. 10, 2010, equipped with Iota-brand transfer switches.

These trailers may have an improper electrical connection at the buss bar on the affected transfer switches. This improper connection may lead to overheating and melting of the transfer switch.

Overheating and melting of the transfer switch increases the risk of a fire.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transfer switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2012.

Owners may contact Jayco at 1-800-283-8267.

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 twenty-first in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls.

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