More 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

forest-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2017 Vibe trailers manufactured September 20, 2016, to October 20, 2016. The outside of the kitchen stove may have been connected to a 12V D.C. positive circuit, potentially shocking a user that touches it.

An energized stove may increase the risk of an electrical shock and injury.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the positive wire, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 20, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-296-2084 extension 105. Forest River’s number for this recall is 59-102212016-0260.

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 Salem recreational trailers, model SMT186RB, manufactured October 13, 2016 through October 21, 2016 and model year 2017 Wildwood recreational trailers, model WDT186RB, manufactured October 7, 2016, through October 21, 2016. The Federal Placard Label and the VIN incorrectly states that the vehicle has two axles, while the vehicle is only equipped with one axle. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

If the owner follows the information on the Federal Placard Label, the operator may overload the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners and will provide a corrected Certificate of Origin, Federal Placard and VIN plate for each trailer, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 21, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-534-1251. Forest River’s number for this recall is 6-10252016-0262.

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 2016-2017 Riverstone Legacy fifth wheel recreational trailers manufactured October 7, 2016, to October 18, 2016. The spare tire and rim combination on the affected vehicles may be incompatible with the disk-brake hubs, preventing the rim from mounting flat and flush to the hub face.

If an owner installs the spare wheel that was provided with the trailer, the lug nuts may fail, allowing the wheel to detach, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the spare rim and tire assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 30, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-367-3269. Forest River’s number for this recall is 70-10312016-0263.

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 XLR recreational trailers, models XLF413AMP, XLF422AMP, WZXLF422AMP and XLF380AMP, manufactured September 29, 2016, to November 8, 2016. The affected vehicles may be equipped with an incorrect Federal Placard that does not indicate that the vehicle has a third axle. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

If the Federal Placard is missing the correct axle information, the operator may overload the trailer, causing a loss of a vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected Federal Placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 13, 2017. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-0432. Forest River’s number for this recall is 45-11122016-0272.

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 123rd in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

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—Martin Van Buren

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