February RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving four recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Entegra Coach, Navistar, Dutchmen Manufacturing, and Forest River.

Entegra Coach

Entegra-Coach-Color-300x233Middlebury, Indiana-based Entegra Coach is recalling 37 model year 2013 Aspire Class A motorhomes manufactured April 11, 2012, through August 30, 2012. On the affected vehicles, the Certification label incorrectly identifies the size of the tires on the rear axles. 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 installation of improper replacement tires which may cause vehicle overloading which could lead to a tire failure resulting in personal injury or property damage.

Entegra Coach will notify owners and dealers will replace the Certification label. The recall is expected to begin during January 2013.

Owners may contact Entegra Coach 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.

Navistar, Inc.

navistar+logoLisle, Illinois-based Navistar, Inc. is recalling 7,657 model year 2012-2013 IC Bus brand model 1300FBC, CE, HC, and RE buses; model year 2011-2013 International brand model Durastar, model year 2013 International brand Workstar trucks; model year 2013 Holiday Rambler brand model Ambassador and Endeavor vehicles; and model year 2013 Monaco brand model Diplomat and Knight vehicles.

These vehicles were manufactured August 5, 2010 through September 6, 2012 and are equipped with certain 2011-2013 model year I-6 engines with feature codes 12NUK, 12NUL, 12NUM, 12NUN, 12NUP, 12NUR, 12NUS, 12NUT, 12NUU, 12NUV, 12NUX, 12NUY and 12NUZ.

The injection pressure regulator (IPR) harness wire may break due to vibrational damage. This could cause an unexpected shut down of the engine.

An unexpected engine shut down while driving may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.
Navistar will notify owners, and dealers will replace the IPR wire connector free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin by March 18, 2013. Owners may contact Navistar at 1-800-448-7825.

Navistar’s recall campaign number is 13501.

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.

Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

DutchmanGoshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. is recalling 698 model year 2007-2011 Grand Junction; model year 2008-2009 Victory Lane and Winners Circle; model year 2009-2010 N’Tense; model year 2010 Freedom Spirit, and model year 2009 Monte Vista recreational trailers.

The affected trailers are equipped with Iota ITS-50R transfer switches. Wiring connections inside the transfer switch are not adequate and, as a result, the switch may overheat.

An overheated switch could result in a fire.

Dutchmen will notify owners and replace the Iota transfer switch, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in February 2013. Owners may contact Dutchmen at 1-574-537-0700.

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.

Entegra Coach

Entegra-Coach-Color-300x233Middlebury, Indiana-based Entegra Coach is recalling 359 model year 2011-2013 Aspire and Anthem Class A motorhomes and 2012-2013 Cornerstone Class A motorhomes, manufactured March 14,2011, through September 25, 2012. A wiper link was installed which is shorter than required for proper function of the wiper system.

The wipers may not operate as designed and the driver’s visibility can be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash.

Entegra Coach will notify owners and dealers will replace the wiper link, at no charge. The recall is expected to begin during February 2013. Owners may contact Entegra Coach 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.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverElkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2013 Concord, Leprechaun, Freelander, Lexington, Forester, and Sunseeker Class B and Class C motorhomes built on Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana chassis.

It may be possible to remove the key from the ignition when the vehicle is running or the transmission is not in the park position. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 114, “Theft Protection.”

If the ignition key is removed while the vehicle is still on and/or the vehicle is not in park, the vehicle may roll away and the unintended movement of the vehicle may result in a possible crash or injury to pedestrians.

General Motors (GM) will notify owners on behalf of Forest River. GM dealers will replace the ignition lock cylinder and the two associated keys. This service will be performed free of charge. The recall will begin in February 2013.

For more information, GMC owners may call 1-866-996-9463 and Chevrolet owners may call 1-800-630-2438. Owners may also 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.

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

Worth Pondering…

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