February 2017 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 5 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.

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2017 Eagle fifth-wheel recreational vehicles equipped with the dry camping option. In the affected vehicles, the LP manifold was mounted to the fifth wheel frame directly above the axle assembly and the suspension U-bolts. Impact from the axle can crack the LP manifold resulting in a propane gas leak.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will relocate the LP manifold, and inspect and replace the LP lines and fittings, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 17, 2017. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9903342.

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. is recalling certain 2017 Seismic and Seismic Wave fifth-wheel recreational trailers equipped with hydraulic brakes. In the affected vehicles, the break away switch may not be properly wired.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will correct the wiring, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 30, 2017. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901344.

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 2016-2017 Boss recreational trailers. The affected vehicles have a vertically-mounted furnace installed such that the exhaust ports may be at the top of the furnace instead of at the bottom.

Cruiser will notify owners, and dealers will reinstall the furnace so that the exhaust port is at the bottom, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 20, 2017. Owners may contact Cruiser customer service at 1-866-277-5630. Cruiser’s number for this recall is 98.03.12.

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.

Foretravel

Foretravel, Inc. (Foretravel) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Realm motorhomes. The brake pedal movement may be restricted in the pedal box, possibly preventing full brake application.

Foretravel will notify owners, and dealers will reposition or modify the pedal box to allow the proper brake pedal travel, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 31, 2017. Owners may contact Foretravel customer service at 1-800-955-6226.

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 138th 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

Leave a Reply