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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).

Forest River

forest-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2017 Cherokee recreational trailers, models CCKT16BHS, CCKT16FQ and CCKT17CJ, manufactured April 15, 2016, to July 28, 2016. The affected vehicles may have insufficient clearance between the bottom of the trailer and the top of the tire and, during use, the tire may make contact, possibly damaging the tire.

A damaged tire may unexpectedly deflate, causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a bolt on lift kit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 26, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-260-593-4005. Forest River’s number for this recall is 17C-07292016-0234.

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 Coachmen Viking recreational trailers manufactured May 31, 2016, to August 23, 2016. The affected vehicles may be missing wire clip that retains the gas lift roof struts to the mounting bracket.

Without the wire retaining clip, the roof lifting strut could detach from the mounting bracket, allowing one side of the roof to drop down quickly, increasing the risk of injury.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a wire clip to secure the strut, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 31, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-269-467-8281. Forest River’s number for this recall is 120-08302016-0240.

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 Surveyor recreational trailers, model SVT226RLDS, manufactured October 9, 2015, to March 16, 2016. These vehicles may be equipped with tires and rims that do not match the information listed on the Federal Placard. 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 tires based on the information printed on the Federal Placard, possibly resulting in sudden tire failure, causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners will provide them with a corrected Federal Placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on November 7, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-3119 extension 205. Forest River’s number for this recall is 37-09082016-0242.

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 114th 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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