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.

Jayco

Jayco-USA-logo-176x145Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2017 Seismic travel trailers manufactured November 19, 2015, to August 19, 2016. The affected vehicles may be equipped with an underrated resettable fuse for the awning with LED lights.

The incorrect fuse may not properly protect the circuit, allowing an electrical short to occur and increasing the risk of a fire.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuse with the correct 1.85 amp hold/3.70 amp trip fuse, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on November 4, 2016. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901321.

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 model year 2017 Jay Sport camping trailers manufactured March 31, 2016, to September 30, 2016 and equipped with the Baja Option. The inside walls of the tires on the affected vehicles may rub against the wheel wells, possibly resulting in a tire blowout.

A tire blowout may increase the risk of a crash.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the axle and wheel wells and labels, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 18, 2016. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901326.

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.

Tiffin Motorhomes

tiffin_logoTiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2015-2017 Allegro motorhomes manufactured April 1, 2015, to September 16, 2016. The affected vehicles have a tow hitch with a weight capacity sticker that may indicate an incorrect weight capacity.

If the hitch is loaded to the weight on sticker, the hitch may fail and the towed vehicle can separate from the motorhome, increasing the risk of a crash.

Tiffin will notify owners, and send them a corrected label to replace the incorrect label, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661. Tiffin’s number for this recall is TIF-104.

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.

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach logoThor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Four Winds and Chateau motorhomes manufactured June 16, 2015, to April 29, 2016. The affected motorhomes are equipped with a spare tire bracket that may loosen and detach during vehicle operation.

If the spare tire bracket and spare tire detaches, it could be a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash or injury.

TMC will notify owners, and dealers will install carriage bolts to properly secure the spare tire bracket, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 17, 2016. Owners may contact Thor customer service at 1-877-500-1020. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000122.

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 119th 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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