April 2017 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 4 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.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2017 Cougar recreational trailers, models 326RDS, 327RKL, 333MKS, 336BHS and 359MBI. These vehicles were built with a manual-resetting 12 volt circuit breaker, which cannot be used in close proximity to the liquid propane storage.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the trailers and replace the breaker with one that automatically resets, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 7, 2017. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 17-282.

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.

Motor Coach Industries (MCI)

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is recalling certain 2014 -2016 J4500 vehicles. The front sway bar on these vehicles may crack at the bushing/clamp locations.

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) will notify owners and dealers will replace the sway bar assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 15, 2017. Owners may contact Motor Industries at 1-800-241-2947. MCI’s number for this recall is Service Bulletin 452.

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.

Gulf Stream Coach

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. (Gulf Stream) is recalling certain 2011-2017 Amerilite trailers, model 14RBC. The Federal Placard on these vehicles may have incorrect 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 and will provide a corrected Federal Placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2017. Owners may contact Gulf Stream customer service at 1-800-289-8787. Gulf Stream’s number for this recall is GS040417.

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 2017 Palazzo 36.1 and 36.3 motorhomes. The Federal certification label on these vehicles indicates an incorrect front tire rim size. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

TMC will notify owners and will provide corrected replacement labels, free of charge. The recall expected to begin June 5, 2017. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-500-1020. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000133.

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 146th 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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