More January RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced four recall notices involving three recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Airstream, Keystone RV Company, Forest River, Inc., and Fleetwood RV.

Airstream

airstream-logoJackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream is recalling potentially 576 units of its model year 2008-2013 Interstate motorhomes manufactured August 2007 through December 2012 and equipped with the rear sofa floor plan, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The electrical equipment underneath the sofa may come in contact with the seat belt buckle or metal cables from the seat.

If the metal sofa components come in contact with the electrical components, electrical arcing could occur. Arcing may lead to a vehicle fire.

Airstream will notify owners, and dealers will install a cover over the electrical components, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin by late January 2013. Owners may contact Airstream at 1-877-596-6111.

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

Keystone-Rv-Co.-logoGoshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company is recalling 191 model year 2012 and 2013 Springdale travel trailers, model 266RLSSRWE, manufactured from October 18, 2011, through December 5, 2012. The suspension may contact the copper propane line for the range.

If the suspension contacts the copper it may damage it, resulting in a propane leak. If the propane leaks in the presence of an ignition source, there is an increased risk of fire and/or explosion, which could cause property damage and/or personal injury.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will modify the propane line to route it away from the suspension, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin during early January 2013.

Owners may contact Keystone Customer Service by calling 1-866-425-4369.

Keystone’s recall campaign number is 12-186.

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.

forest-RiverElkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. is recalling 451 model year 2010-2012 Berkshire and Charleston diesel motorhomes. The chassis are equipped with connectors for diode jumpers that may come loose, resulting in an open circuit. Two circuits are affected: The one that disengages the cruise control with brake pedal use, and the one that illuminates the brake lights with brake pedal use.

Failure of the cruise control to disengage when the brakes are applied may increase the risk of a vehicle crash. Without the brake lights illuminating when the brakes are applied, the driver’s intent is not communicated, increasing the risk of a crash.

Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) is performing this recall on behalf of Forest River. DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the diode jumpers to make sure they are fully locked in place and will correct the vehicles as needed.

The recall is expected to begin on January 28, 2013.

Owners should contact Daimler Trucks Warranty Campaigns Department at 1-800-547-0712, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time Monday through Friday, or the Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-FTL-HELP after normal business hours.

Daimler’s recall campaign number is FL-634.

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.

Fleetwood RV

Fleetwood logoFleetwood RV is recalling 14 model year 2012 and 2013 Bounder Classic model 30T motorhomes manufactured from February 17, 2012, through November 30, 2012. The Federal Certification Tag information relating to front and rear tires is incorrect. Due to the inaccurate label, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.”

Owners relying on the information provided on the label may incorrectly inflate their tires, which could contribute to a tire failure that could cause a crash.

Fleetwood RV will mail new federal certification tags to owners. Owners who are not comfortable installing these labels may have them replaced at a dealer, free of charge.

The safety recall is expected to begin in January 2013. Owners may contact Fleetwood RV Owner Relations at 1-800-509-3418.

Fleetwood RV’s safety recall number is 130102FRV.

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

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