And Still More 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.

Grand Design RV

Grand Design RV (Grand Design) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Momentum toy haulers and Solitude recreational trailers manufactured July 8, 2014, to August 31, 2015, equipped with certain aluminum black ladders manufactured by Christianson Industries. These 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.

Grand Design will notify owners, and dealers will install a bracket over the back of existing hinges, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 19, 2016. Owners may contact Grand Design customer service at 1-574-825-9679. Grand Design’s number for this recall is 910008.

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 Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2017 King Aire motorhomes manufactured January 22, 2016, to October 19, 2016. Water may leak into the turn-signal module. If the module is wet while the headlights are on, the glass dash display may switch to the turn signal camera mode, causing the dash to show the turn-signal sidecamera view over the speedometer and RPM displays.

If the driver cannot see the speedometer and RPM displays, there would be an increased risk of a crash.

Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will replace the defective module with a new module that is waterproof, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 17, 2017. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 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.

Gulf Stream Coach

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. (Gulf Stream) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Conquest and B Touring Cruiser Class C motorhomes manufactured September 24, 2015 through October 24, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the in-dash radio unit assembly was improperly wired allowing the DVD to operate while the vehicle is in motion.

Gulf Stream will notify owners, and dealers will disable the viewing of the DVD monitor while the vehicle is being driven, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2016. Owners may contact the Gulf Stream customer service at 1-800-289-8787. Gulf Stream’s number for this recall is GM112316.

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.

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles (Livin’ Lite) is recalling certain model year 2017 Camplight and Quick Silver RV Trailers, Toyhaulers, and Truck Campers manufactured May 19, 2016, to November 18, 2016. The affected vehicles have a rubber liquid propane (LP) gas line connecting the range hood and the pilot light, instead of a 12″ hard pipe.

Livin’ Lite will notify owners, and dealers will install a 12″ copper extension between the range hood and pilot light, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2016. Owners may contact Livin’ Lite customer service at 1-866-272-5578.

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 130th 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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