April 2017 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 3 of 4)

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 19 recall notices during March 2017 for a total of 51 during the first three months of 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 17 recall notices during April 2017. These recalls involved 12 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River (four recalls), Newmar (two recalls), Tiffin Motorhomes (two recalls), Entegra Coach (one recall), Triple E (one recall), VanLeigh RV (one recall), Trail King Industries (one recall), REV Recreation Group (one recall), Keystone RV Company (one recall), MCI (one recall), Gulf Stream Coach (one recall), Thor Motor Coach (one recall),

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

Entegra Coach

Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain 2012-2013 and 2015-2018 Anthem; 2013 and 2017-2018 Aspire; and 2012-2018 Cornerstone motorhomes built on a Spartan Motors chassis. The ball joints on the independent front suspension (IFS) modules can loosen and separate, leading to a partial loss of steering.

Entegra will notify owners, and Spartan service centers will remove, clean, apply thread locker, and reinstall the properly torqued ball joint, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact call Spartan customer service at 1-800-543-4277 or Entegra customer service at 1-800-945-4787.

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 2017 Wonder motorhomes, model W24MB. These vehicles are missing the ‘Exit’ decal that should have been installed on the driver side cab door.

Triple E has notified owners and sent them an ‘Exit’ decal to install, free of charge. The recall began on March 27, 2017. Owners may contact Triple E customer service at 1-877-992-9906. Triple E’s number for this recall is CA #8593-1.

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.

VanLeigh RV

VanLeigh RV (VanLeigh) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Vilano fifth-wheel recreational trailers, models 325RL and 365RL. These vehicles have a Federal Placard that indicates incorrect tire and load range information, possibly resulting in the vehicle being overloaded. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

VanLeigh will notify owners and will send them a corrected Federal Placard label, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact VanLeigh customer service at 1-662-612-4040.

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.

Trail King Industries

Trail King Industries, Inc. (Trail King) is recalling certain 2016-2017 ACS and AACS drop deck fifth wheel trailers. The fifth wheel coupler plate on these vehicles may crack, potentially allowing the trailer to detach from the tractor.

Trail King will notify owners, and dealers will replace the coupler plate, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2017. Owners may contact Trail King customer service at 1-800-843-3324.

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.

REV Recreation Group

REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling certain 2017 Fleetwood Bounder and Holiday Rambler Vacationer vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with Federal Placards that incorrectly list a tire size of 235/80R 22.5 G when the actual tire size is 255/80R 22.5 G. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

REV will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 5, 2017. Owners may contact REV customer service at 1-800-509-3417. REV’s number for this recall is 170317REV.

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 145th 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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