And Still More October 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

Your recreational vehicle may be involved in a safety recall and may create a safety risk for you or your passengers. Safety defects must be repaired by a certified dealer at no cost to you. However, if left unrepaired, a potential safety defect in your vehicle could lead to injury or even death.

What is a recall?
When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a recreational vehicle or item of RV equipment creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle or equipment at no cost to the consumer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced six recall notices involving four recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Tiffin Motorhomes, Riverside RV, Starcraft RV, RV Factory, and Airstream.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc

tiffin_logoTiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Phaeton motorhomes with floor plans QBH, QKH, and QTH manufactured July 1, 2010, to August 1, 2011. The affected vehicles have an exhaust pipe that is mounted too close to the underside of the floor.

Insufficient spacing between the exhaust pipe and the floor may result in the insulation melting and an increased risk of a fire.

Tiffin will notify owners, and dealers will change the configuration of the exhaust to provide extra clearance between it and the floor, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661. Note: Although these vehicles may have been previously repaired for this condition under recall number 11V-416, it is important that the affected vehicles receive the revised remedy of this recall.

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.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc

tiffin_logoTiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Breeze motorhomes manufactured September 5, 2013, to September 30, 2015. The affected assemblies may have loose ball joints which could separate causing a loss of steering control.

A loss of steering control increases the risk of a crash.

Tiffin will notify owners, and dealers will correct the ball joint installation, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in October 2015. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661.

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.

Riverside RV

Riverside RV is recalling certain model year 2015 Retro Travel Trailers, models 177SE, 166, 195, and 509, manufactured May 1, 2015, to July 31, 2015 and equipped with Coker whitewall tires. The affected trailers are equipped with Tire and Loading labels that list incorrect tire pressure information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 574, “Tire Identification & Recordkeeping.”

If an owner inflates the tires to the incorrect pressure listed on the label, the tire may be overinflated, and a tire blow out may occur, increasing the risk of a crash.

Riverside has reprinted and sent the corrected labels to owners and dealers, free of charge. The recall began August 28, 2015. Owners may contact Riverside customer service at 1-260-499-4578.

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.

Starcraft RV

Starcraft RV is recalling certain model year 2016 Autumn Ridge travel trailers manufactured March 27, 2015, to September 22, 2015. The affected vehicles have an incorrectly built frame that may result in inadequate clearance between the wheel and the wheel well.

Inadequate clearance between the wheel and the wheel well may cause premature tire wear or possible tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787. Starcraft’s number for this recall is 9902258.

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.

RV Factory

RV Factory logoThe RV Factory LLC (RV Factory) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Avion Azure motorhomes manufactured January 1, 2014, to September 24, 2015. The affected vehicles may have an improperly placed weld on the underfloor seat bracket used to mount the second row seats. As a result, the bracket may break in a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 210, “Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages.”

If the bracket breaks, the seats may move, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

RV Company will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brackets, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact RV Company customer service at 1-844-284-6678 ext 106.

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.

Airstream

Airstream-logo-newAirstream, Inc. (Airstream) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Interstate Grand Tour Extended vehicles manufactured July 11, 2014, to September 1, 2015, and Interstate Lounge Extended vehicles manufactured November 21, 2014, to September 1, 2015. The affected vehicles may have electrical wiring connections that were not properly tightened and an interior wiring harness grounding wire that was installed incorrectly.

If the electrical connections are loose, or the ground wire is located incorrectly, the wiring may overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.

Airstream will notify owners, and dealers will tighten all of the wiring connections and relocate the wiring harness ground wire, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 2, 2015. Owners may contact Airstream customer service at 1-937-596-6111 extension 7401 or 7411.

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

What should you do if your vehicle is included in this recall?
If your vehicle is included in this recall, it is very important that you get it fixed as soon as possible given the potential danger to you and your passengers if it is not addressed. You should receive a separate letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, notifying you of the recall and explaining when the remedy will be available, whom to contact to repair your vehicle or equipment, and to remind you that the repair will be done at no charge to you. If you believe your vehicle is included in the recall, but you do not receive a letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, it is recommended that you contact your vehicle manufacturer or dealership.

Please Note: This is the 73rd in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.

—Martin Van Buren

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