April 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced six recall notices involving six recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Newmar Corp, Triple E Recreational Vehicles, Keystone RV Company, Winnebago Industries, Thor Motor Coach, and Heartland Recreational Vehicles.

Newmar Corporation

Newmar Corp image001Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Bay Star Sport, Bay Star, Canyon Star, Ventana LE, Ventana, Dutch Star, Mountain Aire, and Essex recreational vehicles manufactured February 18, 2013, through November 15, 2013, and equipped with Frigidaire KG series microwaves. In the affected vehicles, the microwave may start on its own.

If the microwave starts on its own and there are contents inside, a fire could result.

Newmar will notify owners and dealers. The manufacturer has not yet provided a remedy plan or notification schedule. Owners may contact Newmar at 1-800-731-8300.

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.

Triple E Recreational Vehicles

Triple E RV logo Winkler, Manitoba-based Triple E Recreational Vehicles (Triple E) is recalling certain model year 2014 Free Spirit FS22, FS22SS, and FS22TE motorhomes manufactured September 2013 through March 2014. In the affected vehicles, the spare tire carrier and spare tire cover obstructs the visibility of the driver’s side taillight.

If the driver’s side taillight is obstructed, drivers behind the vehicle may not see the motorhome’s intention to turn left, increasing the risk of a crash.

Triple E will notify owners, and dealers will replace the old tire carrier with a newly designed one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2014. Owners may contact Triple E at 1-877-992-9906. Triple E’s number associated with this recall is CA#7841-1.

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.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone-Rv-Co.-logoGoshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2014 Cougar, Springdale, Hideout, Passport, and Bullet fifth wheels and travel trailers manufactured January 13, 2014, through February 12,2014. In the affected vehicles, the inner wheel bearings on the axle may have insufficient lubrication.

With an insufficient amount of lubrication, the wheel bearing and hub may become overheated and the wheel may seize or separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the axle hubs and bearings for the proper lubrication. Any damaged bearings will be replaced. These repairs will be performed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2014. Owners may contact Keystone at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number associated with this recall is 14-202.

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.

Winnebago Industries, Inc.

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Travato, 2014 Trend, and 2014 Itasca Viva! motorhomes manufactured November 13, 2013, through February 11, 2014, and built on the Ram ProMaster chassis. In the affected vehicles, if the accelerator pedal is pushed downward at a certain angle, the pedal may get stuck in the wide open throttle position due to interference with the accelerator pedal stopper.

A stuck accelerator pedal can result in uncontrolled acceleration, increasing the risk of a crash.

Chrysler has notified owners, and dealers will replace the accelerator pedal stopper with a larger one, free of charge. The recall began on March 27, 2014. Owners may contact Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885.

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.

Thor Motor Coach

Thor-Motor-Coach-Motorhomes-RVDA-AwardThor Motor Coach (Thor) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Challenger and Tuscany recreational vehicles, and 2014 Tuscany XTE and Palazzo recreational vehicles manufactured March 8, 2013, through August 8, 2013, and equipped with certain Frigidaire KG-series microwave models CFMV152CLB and CFMV154CLS manufactured January 27, 2013, through April 10, 2013 in the serial number range KG30607951 through KG31600670. In the affected vehicles, the microwave may start on its own and begin heating when unattended.

If the microwave starts on its own and there are contents inside, a fire could result.

Thor will notify owners, and dealers will repair the membrane/keypad component, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2014. Owners may contact Thor Motor Coach at 1-877-500-1020. Thor’s number for this recall is RC000088. Note: Until the microwave has been repaired, owners should not store anything in the microwave while it is unattended.

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 Vehicles, LLC

HeartlandHeartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain model year 2013 Bighorn Silverado, 2014 Bighorn and 2013-2014 Cyclone, and Landmark fifth wheel trailers equipped with certain Frigidaire KG-series microwaves, models CFMV152CLB and CFMV154CLS, manufactured January 27, 2013, through April 10, 2013 in the serial number range KG30607951 through KG31600670. In the affected vehicles, the microwave may start on its own and begin heating when unattended.

If the microwave starts on its own and there are contents inside, a fire could result.

Heartland will notify owners and dealers will repair the membrane/keypad component, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2014. Owners may contact Heartland at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99-01-17. Note: Until the microwave has been repaired, owners should not store anything in the microwave while it is unattended.

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 33rd in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

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