July 2017 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 1 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 15 recall notices during June 2017 for a total of 101 during the first six 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 23 recall notices during July 2017. These recalls involved 11 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Forest River (four recalls), Jayco (three recalls), Keystone RV Company (three recalls), Triple E Recreational Vehicles (two recalls), Entegra Coach (two recalls), KZRV (two recalls), Newmar (two recalls), Thor Motor Coach (one recall), Starcraft RV (one recall), Pleasure Way Industries (one recall), Lance Camper (one recall).

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

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2014-2015 Coachmen RV Cross Country and Encounter recreational vehicles, and 2014-2018 Coachmen RV Mirada and Mirada Select recreational vehicles equipped with the residential refrigerator option instead of the standard refrigerator. The unused, but powered, wiring for the standard refrigerator was left with exposed wire ends.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the positive and negative wires from the battery, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 21, 2017. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-825-8212. Forest River’s number for this recall is 310-06212017-0455.

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.

Potential number of affected units: 1,455

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2017 Glaval Commute; 2017-2018 Crossfit; 2016-2017 Starcraft Candidate II and Prodigy Bus and 2015-2017 Starcraft Starlite recreational transit buses built on Ford Transit chassis. In the affected vehicles, the flexible coupling connecting the transmission to the driveshaft may prematurely fail.

Forest River will notify owners, and as an interim repair, Ford dealers will replace the flexible coupling on any vehicle with more than 30,000 miles. A final remedy repair of a redesigned flexible coupling or a revised driveshaft equipped with a universal joint is being developed and is expected in early 2018. These repairs will be made free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on September 1, 2017. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673 or Forest River customer service at 1-800-348-7440. Forest River’s number for this recall is 5.35.225-0461.

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.

Potential number of affected units: 556

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2016 StarCraft Quest school buses built on Ford Transit chassis. In the affected vehicles, the flexible coupling connecting the transmission to the driveshaft may prematurely fail.

Forest River will notify owners, and as an interim repair, Ford dealers will replace the flexible coupling on any vehicle with more than 30,000 miles. A final remedy repair of a redesigned flexible coupling or a revised driveshaft equipped with a universal joint is being developed and is expected in early 2018. These repairs will be made free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on September 11, 2017. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673 or Forest River customer service at 1-800-348-7440. Forest River’s number for this recall is 5-07142017-0481.

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.

Potential number of affected units: 2

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2017 Rockwood travel trailers, models RLF8301WS and RLF8301WS-W. The affected vehicles have a Federal Placard with an incorrect ninth place check digit printed on the VIN label. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Forest River will notify owners, and will provide a corrected Federal Placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 11, 2017. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-5164. Forest River’s number for this recall is 10C-07142017-0480.

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.

Potential number of affected units: 12

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2018 Eagle TT 330RSTS (EA) recreational trailers. The Federal Placard on these vehicles incorrectly lists the Gross Axle Weight Rating capacity (GAWR) as 5,800lbs, when the axles actually have a capacity of 5,660lbs. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will provide a new Federal ID labels with the correct GAWR, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267.

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.

Potential number of affected units: 88

Please Note: This is the 155th 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

Leave a Reply