December 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. We have reported on more than 165 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 15 recall notices during December 2016. These recalls involved 11 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Forest River (three recalls), Heartland Recreational Vehicles (two recalls), Entegra Coach (two recalls), DRV Suites (one recall), Cruiser RV (one recall), Keystone RV Company (one recall), Thor Motor Coach (one recall), Grand Design RV (one recall), Newmar (one recall), Gulf Stream Coach (one recall), Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles (one recall).

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

Forest River

Forest River Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2015-2017 FR3 motorhomes manufactured September 24, 2014, to May 12, 2016. These vehicles were equipped with certain aluminum black, ladders manufactured by Christianson Industries. The affected ladders have retractable hinges, each with a welded “top hat” that can separate from the hinge.

If the hinges separate from the ladder while in use, the ladder may fall from the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a remedy kit to correct the issue, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 6, 2017. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 574-206-7600. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-11102016-0271.

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, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 StarTrans PS2 transit buses manufactured April 26, 2016, to October 11, 2016, built on a Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) chassis and equipped with ICU3s instrument clusters and hydraulic brakes. In the event of a brake malfunction, these clusters may illuminate the Brake System Malfunction telltale/indicator lamp with the word “PARK” instead of the word “BRAKE”. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 101, “Control and Displays,” and number 105, “Hydraulic and Electric Brake Systems.”

Forest River will notify owners, and DTNA will replace the ICU3s instrument clusters with new clusters, free of charge, when new clusters are available. Owners are to be notified of this issue beginning on January 18, 2017. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-3112 and DTNA customer service at 1-800-385-4357. Forest River’s number for this recall is 5-11212016-0274.

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, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2017 Puma trailers, models PT38DBS and PT38RLQ, manufactured August 15, 2016, to November 15, 2016. The Federal placards on the affected vehicles have incorrect tire and rim information. The placard incorrectly states a combination of ST225/75R15/D tires needing 65 PSI and a rim designation of 15X6.0JJ, while the vehicle is actually equipped with ST235/80R/16E tires needing 80 PSI and a rim designation of 16X6.0JJ. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the incorrect Federal placard with a correct one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 19, 2017. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-0606. Forest River’s number for this recall is 420-11162016-0276.

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 127th 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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