Still More January 2017 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 reported on more than 169 recalls during 2016, a 37.4 percent increase over the total recalls issued in 2015.

It should be noted that RV recalls are related to vehicle safety and not product quality, per se. They are directly related to product safety, which trumps product quality, and for violating labeling requirements listed in federal motor vehicle safety standards.

NHTSA has no interest in an air conditioner failing to cool or slide out failing to extend or retract—unless they can be directly attributed to product safety.

NHTSA announced 12 recall notices during January 2017. These recalls involved nine recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River (two recalls), DRV Suites (two recalls), Keystone RV Company (two recalls), Thor Motor Coach (one recall), Starcraft RV (one recall), Gulf Stream Coach (one recall), KZRV (one recall), Triple E (one recall), and Jayco (one recall).

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

Gulf Stream Coach

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. (Gulf Stream) is recalling certain model year 2017 B Touring Cruiser motorhomes, model 5210, manufactured May 16, 2016 to July 15, 2016. The Certification label on the affected vehicles may contain incorrect front and rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) and Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Gulf Stream will notify owners will provide a corrected Certification label, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Gulf Stream customer service at 1-800-289-8787.

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.

KZRV

KZRV, L.P. (KZRV) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Venom and Durango Gold toyhaulers and fifth wheel trailers manufactured January 11, 2016, to December 2, 2016. The affected vehicles have rear cargo door hinges with welds on the hinge pin and hinge plate that may be insufficient, and as a result, the top of the door may swing down with more force than normal.

KZRV will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the weld thickness, and if necessary replace the rear door hinges, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 1, 2017. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 extension 154 or 153.

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.

Triple E

Triple E Recreational Vehicles (Triple E) is recalling certain model year 2017 Serenity S24CB recreational vehicles manufactured June 1, 2016 through November 23, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the circuit wire leading from the coach’s power system to the battery is incorrectly connected to a 150 amp fuse, however, the wire is only rated for a maximum load of 120 amps.

Triple E will notify owners, and dealers will correct the wires at the fuse holder, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2017. Owners may contact Triple E customer service at 1-877-992-9906. Triple E’s number for this recall is CA #8495-1.

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.

Jayco


Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2016 Alante and Precept motorhomes manufactured August 10, 2015, to March 15, 2016. The wiring for the entrance steps may be incorrectly installed, and as a result, the steps may unexpectedly retract.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the entrance step wiring, correcting the wiring as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9903340.

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 133rd in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

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—Martin Van Buren

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