February 2017 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 4 of 5)

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.

NHTSA announced 12 recall notices during January 2017.

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 20 recall notices during February 2017. These recalls involved 8 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River (four recalls), REV Recreation Group (three recalls), Heartland Recreational Vehicles (three recalls), Highland Ridge RV (two recalls), Thor Motor Coach (two recall), Airstream (two recalls), Jayco (two recalls), Cruiser RV (one recall), and Foretravel (one recall).

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

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2017 Aria motorhomes. The driver’s side sofa seatbelts may be too short for passengers to use.

TMC will notify owners, and dealers will install longer seatbelts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 17, 2017. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-500-1020. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000127.

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 2014-2015 Tuscany, Tuscany XTE and Palazzo motorhomes. The windshield wiper systems on these vehicles may have been improperly installed or secured, causing the wipers to fail during operation.

TMC will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wiper system, tightening the wiper nuts to the proper specifications, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 13, 2017. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-500-1020. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000128.

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.

Airstream

Airstream, Inc. is recalling certain 2017 Flying Cloud, International, and Sport recreational trailers. The Federal Certification label and Tire Placards on these vehicles have incorrect information. The label was printed for ST225/75R15 Load Range E tires, but the vehicle has ST225/75R15 Load Range D tires. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims” and Part 567, “Certification.”

Airstream will notify owners, and dealers will replace the incorrect label with a corrected label, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Airstream customer service at 1-937-596-6111, extension 7401 or 7411.

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.

Airstream

Airstream, Inc. (Airstream) is recalling certain 2017 Sport, Flying Cloud and International recreational trailers. The Tire Placard on these vehicles may be missing the spare tire information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

Airstream will notify owners, and dealers, will provide a corrected Tire Placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 3, 2017. Owners may contact Airstream customer service at 1-937-596-6111 extension 7401 or 7411.

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 137th 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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