August 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 24 recall notices during August 2016. These recalls involved 11 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Forest River (seven recalls), Newmar (four recalls), Thor Motor Coach (two recall), Starcraft RV (one recall), Jayco (three recall), Winnebago (one recall), Tiffin Motorhomes (two recall), Triple E Recreational Vehicles (one recall), Keystone RV Company (one recall), Cruiser RV (one recall), Heartland Recreational Vehicles (one recall).

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

Forest River

forest-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2017 Spartan Toyhaulers, model STF3712X, manufactured March 31, 2016, to June 17, 2016. The Federal Certification Label incorrectly states that the vehicle has a third axle with two extra tires, however, the vehicle is only equipped with two axles and four tires. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

If the owner follows the information on the Federal Placard Label, the operator may overload the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install corrected Federal Placards, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 18, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-862-3033. Forest River’s number for this recall is 61-03032016-0211.

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.

Forest River

forest-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Charleston vehicles manufactured September 16, 2013, to December 10, 2015 and assembled on a Freightliner chassis built by Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). The throttle pedal position sensor on the affected vehicles may not return to zero, causing the engine brake to suddenly not activate as expected, reducing the vehicle’s deceleration ability.

A sudden loss of an engine brake without warning on a motorhome may lead to a reduced brake capacity, potentially increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and Daimler Trucks North America dealers will replace the pedal, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 19, 2016. Owners may contact Daimler Trucks Customer Service Department at 1-800-547-0712 or by E-mail at DTNA.Warranty.Campaigns@Daimler.com. Forest River’s number for this recall is 40-06202016-0214.

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.

Forest River

forest-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2015-2017 Forest River Orion recreational vehicles manufactured January 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016; 2014 Rockport work and delivery trucks manufactured on January 29, 2016; and 2015-2017 Forest River Rev recreational vehicles manufactured December 10, 2014, to June 30, 2016. These vehicles are built on a Chrysler RAM ProMaster chassis and are equipped with a Trailer Tow Lighting Control Module that may have a software error which can prevent illumination of the trailer brake lights during brake actuation. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

Trailer brake lights that are inoperative can increase the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and RAM dealers will replace the Trailer Tow Light Control Module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 26, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-800-348-7440, or RAM customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Forest River’s number for this recall is 210-06282016-0216.

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.

Forest River

forest-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Surveyor recreational trailers, model SVT226RLDS, manufactured October 9, 2015, to June 9, 2016. The affected vehicles have a Federal Placard that incorrectly classifies the vehicle as a school bus. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

If the vehicle is misclassified on the label, it can cause the vehicle to be overloaded, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the incorrect Federal Placard with a corrected placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 16, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-800-348-7440. Forest River’s number for this recall is 37-07142016-0224.

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.

Forest River

forest-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2017 Rockwood and Flagstaff trailers manufactured July 8, 2016, to July 11, 2016. The affected vehicles are equipped with a Federal Placard that incorrectly indicates that the ST225/75R15D tires have a recommended pressure of 50 PSI. These tires should be maintained at 65PSI. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

If the tires are run at a low pressure, they may overheat and fail, possibly causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will provide a corrected Federal Placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 16, 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-2640. Forest River’s number for this recall is 10-07192016-0230.

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 110th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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