And There’re 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.

Motor Coach Industries (MCI)

MCI logoMotor Coach Industries (MCI) is recalling certain model year 2017 J4500 motorcoaches manufactured March 14, 2016, to August 23, 2016. The affected vehicles may experience a multiplexing programming error that will not provide any visual or audible warnings if the vehicle’s primary service brake air reservoir system has low pressure. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 121, “Air Brake Systems.”

If the driver is unaware that the service brakes have low air pressure, the brakes may apply automatically, increasing the risk of a crash.

MCI will notify owners, and dealers will correct the programming of the multiplexing system, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in October 2016. Owners may contact MCI customer service at 1-800-241-2947. MCI’s number for this recall is SB 439.

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.

Grand Design RV

Grand Design Corp-Logo-blackGrand Design RV, LLC (Grand Design) is recalling certain model year 2015-2017 Reflection recreational trailers, model 357BHS and 367BHS, manufactured November 12, 2014, to September 22, 2016. The affected vehicles have an incorrect Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) on the Federal Certification Label, stating a GAWR of 7,000 lbs when the actual GAWR is 6,400 lbs. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

If the operator loads the vehicle to the GAWR on the label, it can cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Grand Design will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected Federal Certification Label, free of charge. Owners will also have the option to replace the Certification Label themselves, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 24, 2016. Owners may contact Grand Design customer service at 1-574-825-9679. Grand Design’s number for this recall is 910007.

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 Coleman recreational trailers, models 1805RB, 3025RE, 2305QB, 3015BH, 262BH and 2605RL, manufactured September 15, 2016, to September 27, 2016. Wiring in the power center may be loose and some wires may be frayed.

Loose or frayed wiring may increase the risk of a fire.

Keystone has notified owners, and dealers will inspect the wiring in the power center, correcting it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on October 17, 2016. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-574-535-2100. Keystone’s number for this recall is 16-266.

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.

Entegra Coach

Entegra-Coach-Color-300x233Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain model year 2017 Cornerstone motorhomes manufactured April 13, 2016, to August 25, 2016. 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.

Entegra will notify owners, and Qualified Spartan Service Centers will replace the power steering pumps, free of charge. The recall is schedule to begin in October 2016. Owners may contact Entegra customer service at 1-800-945-4787. Entegra’s number for this recall is 9903325.

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 121st 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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