More And Still More June 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 22 recall notices during June 2016. These recalls involved seven recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Forest River (five recalls), REV Recreation Group (one recall), Keystone RV Company (three recall), Pacific Coachworks (one recall), Tiffin Motorhomes (one recall), Newmar (one recall), Jayco (two recall), Thor Motor Coach (three recalls), Grand Design RV (one recall), Winnebago (one recall), Heartland Recreational Vehicles (two recall).

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

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach logoThor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Tuscany motor homes manufactured July 28, 2014, to July 27, 2015. The affected vehicles are built on a Freightliner Custom Chassis and have steering boxes that were manufactured using incorrect internal spacers, resulting in premature wear in the connection between the steering wheel and the front axle.

The steering wheel’s connection to the front axle could fail resulting in a sudden loss of steering ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

TMC will notify owners, and Freightliner Custom Chassis dealers will inspect and replace the steering box if necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Note: Owners are urged not to drive their vehicles until they have been inspected. Owners may contact Freightliner Custom Chassis customer service at 1-800-547-0712 or TMC customer service at 1-877-855-2867. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000115.

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 logoThor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2017 Tuscany, Tuscany ZTE, and Venetian motorhomes manufactured March 15, 2016, to April 7, 2016. The isolator relay cable for the chassis battery was improperly installed which could cause sudden, unexpected loss of power.

If the motorhome experiences an unexpected loss of power, it can increase the risk of a crash.

TMC will notify owners, and dealers will correctly install the isolator relay cable, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-500-1020. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000114.

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 logoThor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Tuscany motor homes manufactured February 28, 2013, to August 31, 2015 and built on chassis supplied by Daimler Trucks North America. On certain motorhome chassis built with a heavier, adjustable foot pedal, the brake activation signal to certain towed devices may not deactivate when the motorhome 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.

TMC will notify owners, and Daimler Trucks dealers will modify the affected brake assemblies, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-855-2867 or Daimler Trucks at 1-800-547-0712. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000116.

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 2015-2016 Winnebago Tour and Itasca Ellipse motor homes manufactured August 29, 2014, to November 4, 2015 and built on a Freightliner chassis. In the affected vehicles, the steering box may have been manufactured with an incorrect spacer with insufficient height that can cause too much play, causing the connection to wear between the steering wheel and the front axle.

The steering wheel’s connection to the front axle could fail resulting in a sudden loss of steering ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

Winnebago will notify owners, and Freightliner dealers will inspect and replace the steering gears, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Note: Owners are urged not to drive their vehicles until they have been inspected. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-3535 or Freightliner at 1-800-547-0712.

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 104th 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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