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.

DRV Suites

DRV Suites (DRV) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Full House trailers, models JX450, LX450, LX455 and TX500, manufactured October 31, 2014, to August 20, 2015, equipped with 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.

DRV will notify owners, and dealers will install a hinge brace over the back of existing hinges, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2016. Owners may contact DRV customer service at 1-260-562-3500. DRV’s number for this recall is 99-02-06.

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.

Cruiser RV

Cruiser RV (Cruiser) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Stryker toy hauler trailers manufactured June 12, 2014, to August 27, 2015, equipped with 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.

Cruiser will notify owners, and dealers will install a hinge brace over the back of the existing hinges, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2016. Owners may contact Cruiser customer service at 1-260-562-3500. Cruiser’s number for this recall is 99-03-11.

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.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2017 Cougar fifth wheel trailers, models 246RLSWE, 268RLSWE, 279RKSWE, 281RDIWE, 283RETWE and 284RDBWE, manufactured August 2, 2016, to October 28, 2016. During installation, the propane gas cross tube manifold that connects the propane cylinders may have contacted the fasteners for the floor decking.

The contact may result in a propane leak, which in the presence of an ignition source, can increase the risk of a fire.

Keystone has notified owners, and dealers will replace the manifold, free of charge. The recall began on November 15, 2016. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 16-269.

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 (TMC) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Tuscany motorhomes, models 40DX, 40KQ, 40RX, 42GX, 42WX, 44MT, 45AT and 45LT, manufactured April 11, 2013, to October 12, 2015. In the affected vehicles, water may leak into the keyless entry module and cause an electrical short.

An electrical short can increase the risk of a fire.

TMC will notify owners, and dealers will seal the area around the keyless entry module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 14, 2016. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-500-1020. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000123.

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 129th 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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