More September RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 4 recall notices involving 4 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Aluminum Trailer Company, Starcraft RV, Peterson Industries, and Spartan Motor Chassis.

Aluminum Trailer Company

ATCNappanee, Indiana-based Aluminum Trailer Company (ATC) is recalling 17 model year 2013 Quest trailers manufactured February 26, 2013, through April 10, 2013. Due to a design change in the Dometic-brand power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear.

If the motor assembly screws shear, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the vehicle is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.

ATC will notify owners, and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with one of a different design.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact ATC at 1-574-773-8360 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Starcraft RV Inc.

starcraftMiddlebury, Indiana-based Starcraft RV Inc. is recalling 22 model year 2014 Comet Camping Trailers manufactured September 18, 2012, through May 6, 2013. The spare tire bracket mounted on the rear wall is not secured sufficiently and could detach.

If the spare tire bracket detaches from the vehicle while it is being driven, it could become a road hazard increasing the risk of a vehicle crash or injury.

Starcraft will notify owners and dealers will add a metal strap to secure the spare tire bracket, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in September 2013.

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

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Peterson Industries Inc.

excelSmith Center, Kansas-based Peterson Industries Inc. is recalling 28 model year 2013-2014 Excel travel trailers manufactured February 2013 through June 2013. Due to a design change in the dometic-brand power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear.

If the motor assembly screws shear, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the vehicle is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.

Peterson Industries Inc. will notify owners, and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with one of a different design.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Peterson at 1-800-368-3759 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Spartan Motor Chassis, Inc.

Spartan-Chassis-Inc.Charlotte, Michigan-based Spartan Motor Chassis, Inc. is recalling 113 model year 2009-2012 MM, 2011-2014 K2, and 2010-2012 K3 motorhome chassis. Due to contact with the steering relay rod, the ABS modulator valve may fracture, resulting in air not being applied to the affected wheel end.

This may increase stopping distance of the vehicle or cause the vehicle to pull to one side. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

Spartan will notify owners and dealers will reorient the ABS modulator valve and install spacers for additional clearance, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in September 2013.

Owners may contact Spartan at 1-517-543-6400.

Spartan’s recall campaign number is 12008

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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

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