August 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced two recall notice involving two recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Starcraft and Thor Motor Coach.

Starcraft RV

Starcraft logoMiddlebury, Indiana-based Starcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2015 18QB AR-One travel trailers manufactured June 18, 2014, to June 23, 2014. The affected vehicles may have an incorrect Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) label. As such, these trailers fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, “Tire selection and rims and motor home/recreation vehicle trailer load carrying capacity information for motor vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less.”

The incorrect cargo carrying capacity information may result in the overloading of the trailer and exceeding the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). An overloaded trailer that exceeds the GVWR it may have sudden tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

None of the affected travel trailers have been sold. Starcraft dealers will replace the incorrect label with new labels showing the correct information, free of charge. The recall began in July 2014. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service 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.

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach; North America's Best Selling Motorhome BrandElkhart, Indiana-based Thor Motor Coach (Thor) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Axis and Vegas motorhomes manufactured August 2, 2013, to June 18, 2014. Due to the use of an incorrect adhesive, the treads on the entry stairs into the vehicle may come loose.

Loose stair treads can result in a person slipping and falling, increasing the risk of injury.

Thor will notify owners, and dealers will reinstall the stair treads with the correct adhesive and additional screws, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2014. Owners may contact Thor customer service at 1-877-500-1020. Thor’s number for this recall is RC000090.

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 39th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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