Still More May 2016 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 announced 14 recall notices during May 2016. These recalls involved seven recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Forest River (six recalls), Riverside RV (one recall), Jayco (one recall), Winnebago (two recalls), Newmar (two recalls), Thor Motor Coach (one recall), and Daimler Vans USA (one recall).

Due to this high number of manufacture safety recalls, notices will be detailed in a series of posts.

Riverside RV

Riverside RV (Riverside) is recalling certain model year 2015 White Water Retro travel trailers, model 176S, manufactured September 1, 2015, to February 1, 2016. The axle on the affected trailers may be too narrow, and as a result, the tires may rub, causing tire failure.

Tire failure increases the risk of a crash.

Riverside will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the axle, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2016. 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.

Jayco

Jayco-USA-logo-176x145Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2016 Octane Super Lite travel trailers manufactured November 2, 2015, to April 4, 2016. These trailers may have been built without a 30amp circuit breaker which, in the event of an electrical short, may result in a fire.

An electrical short on an unprotected circuit increases the risk of a fire.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will install a 30 amp circuit breaker, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2016. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901295.

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.

Winnebago

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Winnebago Industries, Inc (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2014 Winnebago Tour, and Itasca Ellipse vehicles manufactured May 23, 2013, to August 9, 2013 and built on a Freightliner chassis. On certain recreational vehicles built with a heavier, adjustable foot pedal, the brake activation signal to certain towed devices may not deactivate when the service brakes are released.

If the brake activation signal to a towed device remains active when the motorhome chassis service brakes are released, the brakes on a towed device may remain engaged depending on brake configuration of the trailer. As a result, the brakes would drag and possibly overheat potentially resulting in a fire. Additionally, following drivers may be confused by the motorhome’s actions, increasing the risk of a crash.

Daimler Trucks North America, LLC., (DTNA) will notify owners, and dealers will modify the affected brake assemblies, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Daimler Truck North America, LLC., customer service at 1-800-745-8000. DTNA’s Recall number for this recall campaign is FL-704. Owners may also contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-3535.

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.

Winnebago

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Winnebago Industries, Inc (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2016 Winnebago Journey and Forza, and 2016 Itasca Solei and Meridian motor homes manufactured May 7, 2015, to March 25, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the front sway bar mounting brackets may not fit properly on the axle causing the mounting bolts to bend or loosen.

If the sway bar bolts loosen, the sway bar may detach from the axle, affecting the handling and increasing the risk of a crash.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers for Daimler Trucks, manufacturer of the chassis, will modify the sway bar mounting, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-3535.

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 98th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

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—Martin Van Buren

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