May 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced seven recall notices involving seven recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Winnebago Industries, Spartan, Forest River, Jayco, Triple E Recreational Vehicles, Open Range RV, and Grand Design RV.

Winnebago Industries, Inc.

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2014-2015 Travato, 2014 Trend and Itasca Viva! motorhomes manufactured November 13, 2013, through April 3, 2014 on Ram ProMaster chassis. During the manufacturing of the chassis, a tool may have damaged one of the brake hoses which may result in a leakage of brake fluid from the brake hose.

Brake fluid leakage would result in a reduction of brake performance, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Chrysler (Ram) has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the brake hoses, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on March 26, 2014. Owners may contact Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885 or Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

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 Motors, Inc.

Spartan-Chassis-Inc.Spartan Motors, Inc. (Spartan) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Utilimaster Aeromaster walk-in vans manufactured January 1, 2010, through March 19, 2014. The affected vehicles may have a loose power connection at the power stud terminal block.

A loose power stud may cause arcing or high heat on the terminal, increasing the risk of a fire.

Spartan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and properly tighten the electrical connection, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Spartan at 1-517-543-6400.

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.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2014 Vibe VCT6501, VCT6502, VCT6503, VCT6504, VCT6505 and VCT6506 travel trailers manufactured July 30, 2013, through April 4, 2014. The Federal Certification Label has incorrect tire and gross axle weight rating information listed. As such, the vehicles do not conform to Part 567, “Certification.”

If the information printed on the label is incorrect, it may lead to the recreational vehicle being overloaded, resulting in tire failure which would increase the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners and send them replacement Federal Certification and Tire Information labels with the correct information, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Forest River Customer Service at 1-260-593-0023.

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 2013-2014 Seneca, Pinnacle, and Eagle Premier, and 2014 Precept motorhomes and fifth wheels manufactured January 14, 2013, through August 26, 2013, and equipped with Electrolux/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.

Jayco will notify owners, and authorized Electrolux service technicians will replace the membrane/keypad component, free of charge. The recall will begin on May 7, 2014. Owners may contact Jayco Customer Service by calling 1-800-283-8267.

Note: Owners are advised to leave the microwave unplugged when not in use.

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 logoTriple E Recreational Vehicles is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Free Spirit FS22, and FS22SS recreational vehicles, and 2014 Free Spirit FS22TE recreational vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the 7-pole trailer plug socket of the RV is wired such that towed vehicles or trailers will not illuminate their hazard lights if the RV’s ignition is turned off.

If the recreational vehicle is towing a vehicle or trailer, the RV’s rear hazard lights may not be visible to other drivers and if the RV’s ignition is off, the hazard lights will not illuminate on the towed vehicle or trailer, reducing its visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.

Triple E Recreational Vehicles will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the trailer plug wiring, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Triple E RV at 1-877-992-9906. Triple E RV’s number for this recall is CA#7835-1.

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.

Open Range R.V. Company

Open Range RV LogoOpen Range R.V. Company (Open Range) is recalling certain 2014 Open Range LF319 fifth wheel recreational trailers manufactured October 23, 2013, through March 10, 2014. The flexible gas line for the kitchen slideout section is too short.

When the kitchen area is expanded, the gas line may be pulled excessively resulting in a gas leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

Open Range will notify owners and dealers will replace the existing gas line with a new longer gas line, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Open Range at 1-260-768-7771.

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.

Grand Design RV

Grand Design Corp-Logo-blackGrand Design RV, LLC (Grand Design) is recalling certain model year 2014 Solitude 369RL, and Solitude 305RE fifth wheel travel trailers manufactured February 21, 2013, through July 24, 2013 and 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.

Grand Design will notify owners, and dealers will repair the membrane/keypad component, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Grand Design at 1-574-825-8000. Grand Designs’ number for this recall is 910001.

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 35th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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