October RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving four recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River, Inc., Newmar Corp, Heartland Recreational Vehicles, Starcraft RV, and Jayco, Inc.

Forest River, Inc.

Elkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. is recalling 1,585 model year 2010-2013 Sunseeker 2860, 3120, 3170, Forester 2861, 3121, 3171, and Lexington 283 Class C motorhomes, manufactured from August 18, 2009 through Septtmber 12, 2012.

The liquid propane gas (LPG) fuel line that supplies fuel to appliances in the slide out can become damaged. A damaged LPG fuel line can lead to an explosion and/or fire, increasing the risk of injury or death.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will repair the affected vehicles free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in October 2012. 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.

Newmar Corporation

Nappannee, Indiana-basrd Newmar Corp is recalling 278 model year 2008-2010 Dutch Star and 2009-2010 Dutch Aire motorhomes, built on a Spartan 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 prevent 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 heat up, they may self-engage, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Spartan Motors will notify owners and repair the vehicles. The manufacturer has not provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Newmar Corporation at 1-574-773-7791.

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.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC

Elkhart, Indiana-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC is recalling 68 model year 2012-2013 Bighorn Silverado fifth wheel travel trailers, manufactured from February 28, 2012, through August 28, 2012.

The liquid propane (LP) hose and wire hanger that is mounted under the slide out can come in contact with the tire, causing damage to the LP hose and wiring.

A damaged LP hose can lead to an LP leak and fire, increasing the risk of injury or death. Heartland will notify owners, and dealers will repair the affected vehicles free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in October 2012.

Owners may contact Heartland Recreational Vehicles at 1-888-262-5992. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99-01-10.

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.

Starcraft RV, Inc.

Topeka, Indiana-based Starcraft RV, Inc. is recalling 76 model year 2012 and 2013 AR-One travel trailers that may have an inaccurate load carrying capacity label.

Due to the inaccurate label, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

An inaccurate label may lead to the tire being replaced with one of an incorrect rim diameter. Two different diameter tires would reduce the handling ability of the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash.

Starcraft will notify owners and will provide a corrected label free of charge.

The safety recall is expected to begin during October 2012.

Owners may contact Starcraft RV at 1-800-945-4787.

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.

Jayco, Inc. is recalling 40 model year 2013 Eagle Premier fifth wheel recreational vehicle trailers, manufactured from June 14, 2012, through August 10, 2012.

These vehicles were manufactured with incorrect information on 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 owners overloading their vehicles and tires. An overloaded vehicle can result in a tire failure which may result in a vehicle crash, personal injury, or property damage. Jayco will notify owners and provide corrected labels free of charge.

The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2012.

Owners may 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.

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

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