More September 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 11 recall notices during September 2016. These recalls involved seven recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Forest River (three recalls), Winnebago (one recall), Outdoors RV Manufacturing (one recall), and Keystone RV Company (two recalls), Tiffin Motorhomes (two recalls), Triple E (one recall), and Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers (one recall).

Winnebago

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Winnebago Industries, Inc (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2014-2017 Itasca Cambria, 2015-2017 Winnebago ERA, Travato, Fuse, Aspect, and Vista recreational vehicles, and 2015-2016 Itasca Sunstar recreational vehicles manufactured May 6, 2014, to April 22, 2016. The affected vehicles have a power cord connection to the automatic transfer switch (ATS) that may not be properly tightened.

A loose power connection may cause a build up of heat at the connection, increasing the risk of a fire.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the power cord connection, replacing the ATS box and switch, as necessary. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-800-537-1885.

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.

Outdoors RV Manufacturing

outdoors_rv_manufacturing_logo-660x330Outdoors RV Manufacturing (ORV) is recalling certain model year 2015-2017 Glacier Peak fifth-wheel travel trailers. The affected trailers have a pin box that may flex resulting in metal fatigue and possibly the separation of the fifth-wheel trailer from the tow vehicle.

If the fifth-wheel separates from the tow vehicle there would be an increased risk of a crash.

ORV has notified owners, and dealers will inspect the pin box, reinforcing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on August 26, 2016. Owners may contact ORV customer service at 1-541-962-1866 extension 222. ORV’s number for this recall is 2016-001.

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 2011-2017 Bullet and Passport recreational trailers. The affected vehicles are equipped with an air conditioner LCD thermostat that may not be properly wired.

If the thermostat is wired improperly, any damage to the thermostat wiring may result in an electrical short, increasing the risk of a fire.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will correct the wiring at the air conditioner control box, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2016. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 16-261.

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 Cougar recreational trailers, models CG28SGS17, CG28RDB17, CG28RKS17, CG29RES17, CG29RLI17 and CG28DBI17, manufactured July 15, 2016, to August 3, 2016. The affected trailers have a Federal Identification Tag and Tire and Loading Information Label with incorrect information. Additionally, tires with the wrong load range may have been installed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

If tires of an incorrect load range are installed, tire failure may result, possibly causing a loss of vehicle control, and increasing the risk of a crash.

Keystone has notified owners, and dealers will replace the tires and/or Federal Identification Tag if it is incorrect, free of charge. The recall began on September 9, 2016. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 16-262.

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 115th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

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