December RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced two recall notices involving two recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Forest River and Winnebago Industries.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverElkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. is recalling 2,200 model year 2011 and 2012 trailers manufactured from August 11, 2011, through April 11, 2012, equipped with Carlisle Toy Hauler series trailer wheels.

These wheels were manufactured with machine dimensions for the application of a center cap and the application of steel lug inserts that were not controlled to the required specifications. As a result, the wheel may not be tightened to the proper torque during the mounting process.

If the wheels are not tightened to the proper torque, the wheels could loosen, leading to wheel separation, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash. A detached wheel also becomes a road hazard.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wheels free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin during December 2012. 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.

Winnebago Industries, Inc.

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc. is recalling 2,944 model year 2009-2013 Winnebago model Era, View, and Via motorhomes, and 2010-2013 Itasca model Navion and Reyo motorhomes, manufactured November 13, 2007 through August 10, 2012.

The proper fuses were not installed for the refrigerator circuits.

Without the proper fuse, heat can build which could lead to a vehicle fire.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuses.

The recall is expected to begin in early January 2013. Consumers may contact Winnebago Industries owner relations at 1-641-585-6939.

Winnebago’s recall campaign number is 127.

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

Worth Pondering…

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—Pearl S. Buck

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