More July 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced four recall notices involving two recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Viking RV and Allied Recreation Group.

Viking RV, LLC

Viking-RV-logoMiddlebury, Indiana-based Viking RV, LLC (Viking) is recalling certain model year 2014 Viking Epic 1706LS and Coachmen Sport 806LS recreational trailers manufactured January 16, 2014, through May 28, 2014. The affected vehicles incorrectly list the recommended tire air pressure as 90PSI instead of 60PSI on the Federal Certification Tag and Tire Information Tag. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 119, “New Pneumatic Tires for Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars.”

If the tires are filled to the air pressure indicated on the current label, there is an increased risk of a tire blowout which may result in a crash.

Viking has notified owners, and has mailed owners corrected labels, free of charge. The recall began in June 2014. Owners may contact Viking customer service at 1-800-368-2829.

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.

Viking RV, LLC

Viking-RV-logoMiddlebury, Indiana-based Viking RV, LLC (Viking) is recalling certain model year 2014 Viking Epic 1906, Epic 1906ST, Epic 2107, Epic CWS8, and Epic CWS10, and Coachmen Sport 106, Sport 106ST, and Sport 107 recreational trailers, manufactured November 20, 2013, through May 28, 2014. The affected vehicles incorrectly list the recommended tire air pressure as 65PSI instead of 60PSI on the Federal Certification Tag and Tire Information Tag. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 119, “New Pneumatic Tires for Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars.”

If the tires are filled to the air pressure indicated on the current label, there is an increased risk of a tire blowout which may result in a crash.

Viking has notified owners, and has mailed owners corrected labels, free of charge. The recall began in June 2014. Owners may contact Viking customer service at 1-800-368-2829.

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.

Allied Recreation Group, Inc.

AmerCoachLogoDecatur, Indiana-based Allied Recreation Group, Inc. (Allied) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 American Coach-brand American Eagle and American Revolution and certain 2013 American Tradition motor homes equipped with certain Villa ISS GSK powered driver and passenger seats. The seat belt attachment may be incorrect and the seat belt may fray if it rubs along a steel bracket in the seat, reducing its strength. As such, these seats do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 209, “Seat Belt Assemblies.”

The weakened seat belt may fail to properly restrain the seat occupant in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Allied will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat belt attachment hardware and if necessary, reinstall the seat belts using new hardware and a protective sheath on the retractor side of the belt. In addition, the seat belt webbing of the affected seats will be inspected, and will be replaced if damage has resulted from an incorrect installation. Inspections and necessary repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact American Coach Owner Relations at 1-800-435-7345. Allied’s number for this recall is 140609ARG.

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.

Allied Recreation Group. Inc.

AmerCoachLogoDecatur, Indiana-based Allied Recreation Group. Inc. (Allied) is recalling certain model year 2015 American Coach-brand American Eagle, American Tradition and American Revolution motor homes equipped with certain Villa ISS powered driver and passenger GSK seats. The seat belt attachment may be incorrect and the seat belt may fray if it rubs along a steel bracket in the seat, reducing its strength. As such, these seats do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 209, “Seat Belt Assemblies.”

The weakened seat belt may fail to properly restrain the seat occupant in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Allied will notify owners, and dealers will reinstall the seat belts using new fasteners. In addition, the seat belt webbing of the affected seats will be inspected and will be replaced if damage has resulted from an incorrect installation. Inspections and necessary repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Owners may contact American Coach customer service at 1-800-435-7345. Allied’s number for this recall is 140615ARG.

Please Note: This is the 38th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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