March 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving four recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Starcraft RV, Four Wheel & Six-Pac Campers, Heartland Recreational Vehicles, and Jayco.

Starcraft RV

Starcraft logoMiddlebury, Indiana-based Starcraft RV, Inc. (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2014 Launch 17FB and 17SB travel trailers manufactured May 5, 2013, through December 9, 2013, and equipped with the extreme package option.

There is incorrect tire size information printed on the federal labels. The tire information on the label states the tire size as 14C when it should be tire size 15C. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 119, “New Pneumatic Tires for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) and Motorcycles.”

Installing a tire of incorrect size could result in excessive tire wear and may cause instability in towing of the travel trailer which could increase the risk of a crash.

Starcraft will notify owners, and will provide a corrected label, free of charge. The recall began on February 26, 2014. Owners may contact Starcraft RV 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.

Four Wheel & Six-Pac Campers, Inc.

Four Wheel Pop-Up Campers logoWoodland, California-based Four Wheel & Six-Pac Campers, Inc. (Four Wheel & Six-Pac) is recalling certain model year 2006-2013 truck campers manufactured January 1, 2006, through April 30, 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 truck camper at the time will then be locked in and be unable to exit, increasing the risk of injury.

Four Wheel & Six-Pac 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 early April 2014. Owners may contact Four Wheel & Six-Pac at 1-530-666-1442 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.

Heartland Recreational Trailers, LLC

HeartlandElkhart, Indiana-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain model year 2014 Landmark Grand Canyon, Key Largo, Monterey, San Antonio, and Savannah fifth wheel travel trailers manufactured September 14, 2013, through January 17, 2014, and equipped with optional 17.5″ wheels.

The affected trailers were manufactured with incorrect information printed on the Federal Certification Label regarding the wheel specification. As such, the trailers do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 119 “New Pneumatic Tires for Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars.”

An incorrect label may result in owners attempting to replace the tires with the wrong size or fill the tires to the wrong tire pressure, which may increase the risk of tire failure and a crash.

Heartland will notify owners, and will mail owners a corrected replacement label, free of charge. Owners may contact Heartland at 1-888-262-5992. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99-01-15.

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.

Heartland Recreational Trailers, LLC

HeartlandElkhart, Indiana-based Heartland Recreational Trailers, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain model year 2014 Sundance 2880RLT travel trailers manufactured November 20, 2013, through January 31, 2014.

In the affected vehicles, the Federal Certification label incorrectly states that the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 16,500 pounds instead of the correct GVWR of 13,500 pounds. As such, the vehicle does not conform to Part 567, “Certification.”

As a result, the trailer may be loaded beyond the specified weight rating which may cause a tire or suspension failure leading to poor vehicle handling and an increased risk of a crash.

Heartland will notify owners and dealers will replace the incorrect Federal Certification label with a corrected version, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Owners may contact Heartland at 1-888-262-5992. Heartland’s number for this campaign is 99-01-16.

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.

Jayco, Inc.

Jayco Color logo birdJayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2014 Jay Flight Swift travel trailers manufactured January 10, 2014, through January 13, 2014, and equipped with the Baja Option.

The Federal Certification and Tire Labels have the tire size incorrectly listed as ST205/75R14C instead of LT235/75R15C. Thus, the vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 120, “Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars.”

If the consumer installs a tire on the trailer that is specified on the incorrect label, it may cause uneven wear on the tire and towing instability which could increase the risk of a crash.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the incorrect Federal Certification and Tire Labels with new labels with the correct tire information as LT235/75R15C. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Customers may contact Jayco at 1-800-283-8267.

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 31st in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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