October 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 20 recall notices during October 2016. These recalls involved 11 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Forest River (four recalls), Winnebago (two recalls), Starcraft RV (one recall), Jayco (three recalls), Tiffin Motorhomes (one recall), Thor Motor Coach (one recall), Newmar (four recalls), MCI (one recall), Grand Design RV (one recall), Keystone RV Company (one recall), and Entegra Coach (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 Salem and Wildwood recreational trailers manufactured August 9, 2016, to September 6, 2016. The Federal Placard on the affected vehicles incorrectly lists the tire and rim combination. The placard states ST225/75R15 Load Range C tires with an inflation pressure of 50PSI and a rim size of 15X6.0JJ, however, the trailer is equipped with ST225/75R15 Load Range D tires that have an inflation pressure of 65PSI, installed on 15X6.0JJ rims. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

The incorrect tire information on the Federal Label may result in the operator under-inflating the tires. An underinflated tire may cause sudden tire failure, or poor handling, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected Federal Placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 14, 2016. Salem owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-534-1251. Wildwood owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-533-2165. Forest River’s number for this recall is 27-09082016-0243.

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 Flagstaff and Rockwood trailers equipped with two air conditioners. There is may be excess slack in the wiring harness used in the air conditioner that contains a heating element.

If the wires are not tied back and properly secured away from the heating element, the wires may contact the heating element, melt and short, increasing the risk of a fire.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a remedy kit to constrain the wires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 5, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-5164. Forest River’s number for this recall is 10-10062016-0254.

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 Coachmen Galleria recreational vehicles, manufactured October 27, 2015, through August 31, 2016. The affected vehicles have an incorrect Cargo Carrying Capacity Federal placard indicating two seat-belted locations when the vehicle has up to five additional designated seating areas, causing the cargo capacity listed to be inaccurate. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

The incorrect cargo capacity information may result in the vehicle being overloaded, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will adhere a corrected Federal Placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 5, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-825-8628. Forest River’s number for this recall is 225-10062016-0253.

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 vehicles, model ORSVT247BHDS, manufactured August 10, 2016, to September 13, 2016. The Federal Placard installed on the vehicles indicate an incorrect tire and rim combination. The Federal Placard states that the trailer is equipped with ST225/75R15D tires with 65 PSI and a rim designation of 15X6.0JJ, when actually they have ST205/75R14C tires with 50 PSI and a rim designation of 14X5.5JJ. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

The operator may over-inflate the tire based on the information printed on the Federal Placard. Overinflating a tire may lead to pre-mature tire degradation, a tire blowout, or reduced handling, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners and dealers and will provide a corrected Federal Placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 12, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-3119 extension 205. Forest River’s number for this recall is 37-10132016-0256.

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 117th 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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