November 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.

NHTSA releases its most recent list of recalls each Monday. Vogel Talks RVing has been publishing this recall information for many years, typically at month’s end.

The number of RV recalls has increased significantly in recent years. To date, we have reported on more than 150 recalls during 2016, over 20 percent higher than for the same period last year. Some of the recalls are rather minor while many others are safety issues which should concern the unsuspecting consumer. The manufacturer with the most recalls: Forest River with more than 40 recalls, over 25 percent of the total.

NHTSA announced 19 recall notices during November 2016. These recalls involved six recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River (seven recalls), Newmar (five recalls), and Entegra Coach (one recall), Jayco (two recalls), REV Recreation Group (one recall), Starcraft RV (one recall), Winnebago (one recall), and Highland Ridge RV (one recall).

Due to this high number of manufacture safety recalls, notices will be detailed in a series of five posts.

Forest River

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Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2017 Cedar Creek recreational trailers manufactured September 8, 2016, to September 19, 2016. The axles installed on these vehicles were incorrectly identified as having a 7,000 pound capacity when they were only rated and designed to carry up to 6,000 pounds.

The owner of a vehicle with the incorrect axles could unknowingly overload the vehicle, possibly resulting in a loss of control or reduced braking distance, potentially increasing the risk of a crash.

All affected vehicles have been captured at the dealer level and are being repaired prior to sale. Therefore, an owner notification letter will not be issued for this campaign. Dealers will replace the axles that are rated for a 7,000lb capacity. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-593-4000 extension 20209. Forest River’s number for this recall is 20-10112016-0255.

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 Dynamax Isata motorhomes, models ISC24FWM, ISC24RWM, ISC35DBD and ISC36DSD, manufactured May 19, 2016, to October 19, 2016. The affected vehicles may be missing a securing cable tie on the rubber grommet for the copper liquid propane (L.P.) gas line, allowing liquid propane to enter the cabin.

If the rubber grommet is not properly sealed and secured, there is an increased risk of propane leak and a fire.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the grommet and install a cable tie, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 19, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-262-3474 extension 203. Forest River’s number for this recall is 55-10162016-0257.

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 Rockport cargo box trucks and work trucks manufactured December 8, 2015, to May 31, 2016 and built on GM chassis. Cycling the rear ramp in and out may cause the electrical connections on the fuel sending unit to be damaged, resulting in a loss of fuel pressure.

A loss of fuel pressure will result in an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will reinstall the loading ramp structure to give sufficient clearance, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 20, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-522-7599. Forest River’s number for this recall is 29-10212016-0261.

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 122nd 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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