May 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 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.

Riverside RV

Riverside RV (Riverside) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Whitewater and Mt. McKinley travel trailers. These trailers were manufactured without rear-facing reflectors and have non-reflective tail lights. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

Riverside will notify owners, and dealers will install reflective tape on the rear bumper below the tail lights, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2017. Owners may contact Riverside customer service at 1-260-499-4578.

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.

Grand Design RV

Grand Design RV, LLC (Grand Design) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Imagine travel trailers. The screws that secure the slide room mechanism columns may shear, allowing the slide room to extend while the trailer is being towed.

Grand Design will notify owners, and dealers will replace the slide mechanism column securing screws, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 22, 2017. Owners may contact Grand Design customer service at 1-574-825-9679. Grand Design’s number for this recall is 910009.

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.

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles (Livin’ Lite) is recalling certain 2018 Quicksilver recreational trailers, model TH 7X20. The frame structures that support the trailer floor may fail.

Livin’ Lite will notify owners, and dealers will reinforce the outrigger frame structures and add additional outriggers as needed. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 19, 2017. Owners may contact Livin’ Lite customer service at 1-866-272-5578.

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. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2017 Jay Flight Bungalow, Hummingbird, White Hawk, Jay Flight SLX, Jay Feather 7, Jay Feather and Jay Flight fifth wheel recreational trailers. The LED ceiling lights may produce excessive heat.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected LED ceiling lights with a different light, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 30, 2017. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for the recall is 9901349.

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.

KZRV

KZRV, L.P. (KZRV) is recalling certain 2018 Sport Trek and Durango travel trailers equipped with the outside kitchen option. The affected travel trailers may not have had the proper sealing tape installed on the propane gas line. Additionally, the gas line may not have been tested during production.

KZRV will notify owners, and dealers will seal the propane line and test the system for leaks, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 30, 2017. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 extension 153 or 154.

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 150th 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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