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 20 recall notices during February 2017 for a total of 32 during the first two 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 19 recall notices during March 2017. These recalls involved 8 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River (seven recalls), Thor Motor Coach (three recalls), Keystone RV Company (two recalls), Tiffin Motorhomes (two recalls), REV Recreation Group (two recalls), Winnebago (one recall), Airstream (one recall), and Jayco (one recall).
Due to this high number of manufacture safety recalls, notices will be detailed in a series of four posts.
REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling certain 2015-2016 American Coach American Heritage and American Tradition motorhomes, 2015-2017 American Coach American Revolution and American Coach American Eagle motorhomes, 2016 American Coach American Allegiance motorhomes, 2016-2017 American Coach American Dream motorhomes and 2017 Holiday Rambler Diplomat and Holiday Rambler Scepter motorhomes. The support for the interior steps may have been inadequately secured, possibly resulting in the solid-surface step tread being unstable.
REV will notify owners, and dealers will install new screws to properly secure the support for the interior steps, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 21, 2017. Owners may contact REV customer service at 1-800-509-3417. REV’s number for the recall is 170228REV.
REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling certain 2015 Fleetwood Bounder Classic motorhomes, 2015-2016 Fleetwood Terra motorhomes, 2016-2017 Fleetwood Storm, Holiday Rambler Admiral XE and Fleetwood Flair motorhomes, and 2017 Holiday Rambler Vacationer XE motorhomes. The affected vehicles, equipped with an Onan 5.5 Kilowatt Generator, have an external fuel pump and in-line fuel filter that may be improperly secured to the chassis.
REV will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the mounting of the generator’s external fuel pump and in-line fuel filter, securing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 28, 2017. Owners may contact REV customer service at 1-800-509-3417. REVs number for the recall is 170301REV.
Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Travato recreational vehicles. The liquid propane (LP) hose may contact the emergency brake cable, potentially damaging it and causing it to leak propane.
Winnebago will notify owners and dealers will inspect the vehicles, repositioning and securing the LP hose to avoid contact with the brake cable, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-800-537-1885.
Airstream Inc. (Airstream) is recalling certain 2017 Base Camp recreational trailers. When the trailer is heavily loaded, the axle travel may allow the tires on these vehicles to contact the plastic liner of the wheel well or fender, possibly resulting in tire failure.
Airstream will notify owners, and dealers will replace the axle to limit the axle travel, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 9, 2017. Owners may contact Airstream customer service at 1-937-596-6111, extension 7401 or 7411.
Jayco Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2017 Designer fifth wheel recreational trailers equipped with the disk brake option. The steel rim of the spare tire may rub against the brake caliper.
Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the spare wheel with an aluminum rim with a new spare, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 28, 2017. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for the recall is 9901347.
Please Note: This is the 142nd in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls
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