And Still More 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.

Newmar

Newmar Corp image001Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2015-2017 Canyon Star recreational vehicles manufactured June 5, 2014, to September 6, 2016. These vehicles have a wheelchair access door with a power door lock that may open while the vehicle is in motion if the keyfob button is pressed accidentally.

If the wheelchair access door opens while the vehicle is being driven, it could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will add a relay harness to prevent the keyfob button from opening the door while the vehicle is in motion. The recall is expected to begin November 26, 2016. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

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.

Newmar

Newmar Corp image001Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2017 Newmar King Aire, Essex, London Aire, and Mountain Aire motorhomes manufactured May 12, 2016, to August 23, 2016 and built on a Spartan Motors chassis. The affected vehicles have a power steering pump that may have an occasional loss of output power resulting in reduced or intermittent loss of power steering assist.

An intermittent loss of power steering assist could increase the risk of a crash.

Newmar will notify owners, and Spartan Motors dealers will replace the power steering pump, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 4, 2016. Owners may contact Spartan Motors customer service at 1-800-543-4277 or Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300. Newmar’s number for this recall is 16V 676.

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.

Newmar

Newmar Corp image001Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2015 Dutch Star motorhomes manufactured July 24, 2014, to September 10, 2014 and built on a Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) XCM, XCR, or XCL motorhome chassis. In these vehicles with a heavier, adjustable, straight foot pedal, the brake activation signal to certain towed devices may not deactivate when the motorhome service brakes are released.

If the brake activation signal to a towed device remains active when the motorhome chassis service brakes are released, the brakes on a towed device may remain engaged depending on brake configuration of the trailer. As a result, the brakes would drag and possibly overheat potentially resulting in a fire. Additionally, following drivers may be confused by the motorhome’s actions, increasing the risk of a crash.

Newmar will notify owners, and Freightliner dealers will modify the affected pedal assemblies, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 5, 2016. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300. Newmar’s number for this recall is 16V 654.

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.

Newmar

Newmar Corp image001Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2012-2017 Canyon Star motor homes manufactured September 7, 2011, to September 6, 2016 and equipped with wheelchair lifts. Incorrect bolts may have been used to install the wheelchair lift base. These bolts may unexpectedly break allowing the lift to move. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 404, “Platform Lift Installations.”

Unintentional movement of the wheelchair lift can cause injury to the lift occupant and/or the lift operator.

Newmar will notify owners, and Newmar service facilities will replace the wheelchair lift base mounting bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 12, 2016. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

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 120th 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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