May 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 17 recall notices during April 2017 for a total of 68 during the first four 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 18 recall notices during May 2017. These recalls involved 10 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Thor Motor Coach (four recalls), Forest River (four recalls), Keystone RV Company (three recalls), Foretravel (one recall), Winnebago (one recall), Riverside RV (one recall), Grand Design RV (one recall), Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles (one recall), Jayco (one recall), KZRV (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 CrossRoads Volante trailers, model 310BH. The rear upper bunk may not be properly supported.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will add screws through the bunk supports into the wall studs, free of charge. The recall began on May 10, 2017. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 17-284.

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.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2017 to 2018 Raptor fifth wheels, model 428SP. The affected trailers have tires that may contact the outriggers.

Keystone has notified owners, and dealers will cut a notch in the bottom side of the outriggers located above the tires on the door side of the unit, free of charge. The recall began May 18. Owners may contact Keystone Customer Service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 17-287.

Potential number of affected units: 39

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2017 to 2018 Dutchmen Voltage trailers equipped with the Onan 5.5 generator option. The fuel line may have been clamped incorrectly to the generator.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will properly clamp the fuel line to the generator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 30. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 17-285.

Potential number of affected units: 249

Foretravel

Foretravel, Inc. (Foretravel) is recalling certain 2012-2018 ih-45, Phenix and Nimbus motorhomes. The ball joints on the independent front suspension (IFS) modules can loosen and separate, leading to a partial loss of steering.

Foretravel will notify owners, and dealers will inspect clean, and secure the ball joint, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Foretravel customer service at 1-800-955-6226, option 3.

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.

Winnebago

Winnebago Industries, Inc (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2014-2017 Winnebago View, VIA, ERA, and Itasca Navion motorhomes. The affected vehicles have an Axxess radio volume control module that may interfere with the chassis electrical system.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will remove the Axxess radio volume control module, free of charge. The manufacturer has not provided a recall notification schedule. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-800-537-1885.

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 149th 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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