January 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving four recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Cruiser RV, Monaco RV, Starcraft RV, and Newmar Corp.

Cruiser RV

CruiserHowe, Indiana-based Cruiser RV is recalling certain model year 2006-2013 Fun Finder, Shadow Cruiser, Fun Finder Xtra, Viewfinder, Signature, Radiance, Enterra recreational trailers manufactured January 1, 2006, through April 25, 2013 and equipped with Fastec-brand door locks. It may be possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that potentially jams the deadbolt.

If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock may also jam. A person inside the travel trailer at the time will then be locked in and be unable to exit the vehicle without using the emergency exit, increasing the risk of injury.

Cruiser RV will notify owners, and Fastec will coordinate the inspection and replacement of the cylinders, as needed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2014.

Owners may contact Cruiser RV at 1-260-562-3500 or Fastec at 1-800-837-2505.

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.

Monaco RV, LLC

stock_monaco-logoDecatur, Indiana-based Monaco RV, LLC is recalling certain model year 2008-2013 recreational vehicles equipped with Fastec-brand door locks. It may be possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that potentially jams the deadbolt.

If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock may also jam. A person inside the travel trailer at the time will then be locked in and be unable to exit the vehicle without using the emergency exit, increasing the risk of injury.

Monaco will notify owners, and Fastec will coordinate the inspection and replacement of the cylinders, as needed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-February 2014. Owners may contact Monaco at 1-877-466-6226 or Fastec at 1-800-837-2505.

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.

Starcraft logoMiddlebury, Indiana-based Starcraft RV, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2014 16BH AR-ONE trailers manufactured between June 3, 2013, through September 30, 2013. The vehicles were built with tires of a lower load range than the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating requires.

If the trailer is loaded to the gross vehicle weight rating that is listed on the label for the higher capacity tires, the tires may suddenly fail increasing the risk of a crash.

Starcraft RV will notify owners and dealers will replace the tires and the spare tire with new ST175.80R13D tires and issue a correct tire label, free of charge. Recall is expected to begin in January 2014.

Customers 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.

Starcraft RV

Starcraft logoMiddlebury, Indiana-based Starcraft RV is recalling 50 model year 2014 Comet BK, BW, BX, and BY recreational vehicles manufactured between August 22 and Dec. 10, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced.

On the affected vehicles, the certification label incorrectly identifies the load range of the tires. 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 may result in the installation of replacement tires with an insufficient load range which may lead to sudden tire failure and an increased risk of a crash, NHTSA reported.

All affected trailers are quarantined in dealer inventory. Starcraft will send corrected labels to those dealers. The recall is expected to begin in January, and owners may contact Starcraft Customer Service at 800-945-4787 for more information.

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.

Newmar Corporation

Newmar Corp image001Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corporation is recalling 47 model year 2013-2014 motorhomes manufactured between October 15 and June 20, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported.

In the affected vehicles, the castle nuts for the steering linkage ball joint fasteners, which mount to bell cranks, may be loose. If the castle nuts become completely loose, the steering linkage may separate from the bell cranks without warning.

The problem may cause a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash, NHTSA reported.

Newmar will notify owners and Spartan dealers will replace the steering linkage fasteners, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Customers may contact Newmar at 800-731-8300 for more information.

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 30th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls.

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