More & Still More 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.

Triple E Recreational Vehicles

Triple-E-RV-logoTriple E Recreational Vehicles (Triple E) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Unity recreational vehicles, models U24TB and U24IB, manufactured March 1, 2016, to June 9, 2016. The Truma propane water heater line on the affected vehicles may be damaged from items moving within the lower storage compartment, causing the line to rupture and allow propane gas to leak out.

A propane gas leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.

Triple E will notify owners, and dealers will reposition the protective cleat for the gas line, free of charge. The recall began on August 15, 2016. Owners may contact Triple E customer service at 1-877-992-9906. Triple E’s number for this recall is CA#8349-1.

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.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone-Rv-Co.-logoKeystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2017 Dutchmen Voltage toy hauler fifth wheel trailers manufactured March 11, 2016, to June 14, 2016. The affected vehicles were incorrectly built with a 18,000 lb rated fifth wheel pin box hitch instead of a 21,000 lb rated hitch.

If the vehicle is loaded to a weight greater than 18,000 lbs, the pin box can fail, possibly resulting in the trailer separating from the tow vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.

Keystone notified owners, and dealers will remove and replace the pin box inner with one rated for 21,000 lbs, free of charge. The recall began on August 5, 2016. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 16-259.

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.

Cruiser RV

CruiserCruiser RV (Cruiser) is recalling certain model year 2017 Shadow Cruiser, Fun Finder, MPG, Radiance, South Fork, and Stryker recreational trailers. The affected vehicles have an LED light on the front cap of the camper that may short circuit and overheat.

If the light overheats there would be an increased risk of a fire.

Cruiser will notify owners, and dealers will replace the light with one that has built-in voltage protection. The recall is expected to begin on September 26, 2016. Owners may contact Cruiser customer service at 1-260-562-3500.

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.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles

Heartland-RV-logoHeartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Wilderness and Mallard travel trailers, 2015-2017 Elkridge fifth wheel travel trailers, and 2017 Sundance and Torque travel trailers. The affected vehicles have an LED light on the front cap of the camper that may short circuit and overheat.

If the light overheats there would be an increased risk of a fire.

Heartland will notify owners, and dealers will replace the light with one that has built-in voltage protection. The recall is expected to begin on September 26, 2016. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032.

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 113th 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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