June 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced three recall notices involving three recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River, Keystone RV, and Thor Motor Coach.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2014 XLR XLT29HSF fifth wheel recreational travel trailers manufactured October 10, 2013, through April 16, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the Federal Certification label incorrectly states that the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is 11,135 pounds instead of the correct GVWR of 9,774 pounds as well as incorrectly stating the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) as 5,080 pounds instead of the correct GAWR of 4,400 pounds. As such, the vehicles do not conform to Part 567, “Certification.”

If the trailer is loaded to the specifications listed on the label, tire failure may result, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners and will supply a corrected certification label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2014. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-800-353-7383.

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.-logoKeystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2014 Dutchmen Infinity fifth wheel trailers, models 3210RE, 3610RL and 3710BH, manufactured August 1, 2013, through April 3, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the leading edge of the interior steps may fracture.

If the interior steps fracture, a person may fall, increasing the risk of injury.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will install a brace kit to provide additional support for the steps, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2014. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 14-206.

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; North America's Best Selling Motorhome BrandThor Motor Coach is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Outlaw 29H motorcoaches manufactured January 13, 2014, through April 25, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the generator exhaust may be routed too close to the onboard propane storage tank without the necessary heat shielding. Additionally, the generator exhaust ends underneath a slide-out room.

Due to the exhaust’s proximity and the lack of heat shielding, the hot exhaust piping could heat the propane tank and cause it to expand and vent off any build up of pressure, increasing the risk of a fire. The exhaust exiting below a slide out room may cause carbon monoxide to enter the vehicle, increasing the risk of asphyxiation.

Thor will notify owners, and dealers and replace the existing generator exhaust pipe with a new pipe that has a different routing, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June of 2014. Owners may contact Thor customer service at 1-877-500-1020. Thor’s recall number for this campaign is RC000089.

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 36th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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