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.

Winnebago

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Winnebago Industries, Inc (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2016 Winnebago Journey and Forza, and 2016 Itasca Solei and Meridian motor homes manufactured May 7, 2015, to March 25, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the front sway bar mounting brackets may not fit properly on the axle causing the mounting bolts to bend or loosen.

If the sway bar bolts loosen, the sway bar may detach from the axle, affecting the handling and increasing the risk of a crash.

Winnebago owners will be notified by Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and DTNSA will modify the sway bar mounting, free of charge. The recall began on June 7, 2016. Owners may contact DTNA at 1-800-547-0712.

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.

Winnebago Towable

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Winnebago Towable (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Winnebago Winnie Drop, Micro Minnie, Minnie, Minnie Plus, Spyder, Scorpion, Destination, Instinct, and Voyage travel trailers manufactured November 9, 2015, to September 6, 2016. The weight label on the affected vehicles incorrectly states the fresh water capacity in gallons when it should be stated in pounds.

The incorrect information may cause the trailer to be overloaded, possibly resulting in a loss of control and increasing the risk of a crash.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will replace the incorrect weight labels with corrected labels, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 14, 2016. Owners may contact Winnebago owner relations at 1-574-825-5250 extension 5220.

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.

Starcraft RV

starcraftStarcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2017 AR-ONE MAXX LE trailers, model 19BHLE, manufactured August 25, 2016, to September 6, 2016. The Federal label on the affected vehicles states that the trailers are built with two axles, each with a 2500 pound capacity, however, the vehicles are only built with one 2500 pound capacity axle. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

The trailer would be overloaded if the operator goes by the listed axle capacity, possibly resulting in axle or tire failure, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.

Starcraft has notified the dealers who have the trailers quarantined and will provide them with a corrected Federal label, free of charge. The recall began September 19, 2016. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787. Starcraft’s number for this recall is 9902319.

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.

Jayco

Jayco-USA-logo-176x145Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2017 Octane Super Lite travel trailers manufactured June 22, 2016, to June 23, 2016. The labels on the affected vehicles have incorrect tire load range and tire pressure information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

Incorrect tire pressure information may result in the tires being over inflated, which can cause their sudden failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Jayco has notified owners and provided them with a new label with the correct tire information, free of charge. The recall began on September 23, 2016. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901320.

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 118th 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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