Still 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.

Newmar

Newmar Corp image001Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2017 King Aire motorhomes manufactured January 22, 2016, to October 4, 2016. The affected vehicles are equipped with WABCO OnGuard collision mitigation radar which may have been mounted upside down on the front lower bumper, resulting in decreased performance.

If the collision mitigation radar has reduced performance, there may be an increased risk of a crash.

Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will check the orientation of the OnGuard radar and, if necessary, correct the orientation, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 23, 2016. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

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.

Newmar

Newmar Corp image001Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2017 London Aire, Essex, and King Aire motorhomes manufactured December 9, 2015, to September 26, 2016. The hydraulic entry step controller may not be functioning as designed and may allow the steps to retract unexpectedly.

The steps can retract without warning, causing someone using the steps to fall, increasing the risk of injury.

Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the steps and update the controller software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 19, 2016. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

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.

Newmar

Newmar Corp image001Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2017 Dutch Star and Ventana motorhomes manufactured May 17, 2016, to September 27, 2016. On certain motorhomes, the wardrobe slide out motor may have been installed without having a brake.

If the slide out motor does not have a brake installed, the slide out box could extend unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the motor and replace it if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 19, 2016. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

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.

Newmar

Newmar Corp image001Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2017 Dutch Star, Mountain Aire, London Aire, Essex, and King Aire motorhomes manufactured May 12, 2016, to September 22, 2016 and built on a Spartan Motors chassis. The throttle circuit wires on the affected vehicles may not have been be twisted to cancel out electromagnetic interference, and as a result, interference may cause the throttle signal to be higher or lower than intended.

Unintended deceleration or acceleration can increase the risk of a crash.

Newmar will notify owners, and Spartan dealers will install an overlay harness with twisted wires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 2, 2017. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300 or Spartan at 1-800-543-4277. Newmar’s number for this recall is 16V-776.

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 124th 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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