July 2017 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 2 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.

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2017 Hummingbird travel trailers, models H13C0567-0603, 0608-0636, 0638-0662, and H13E0052-0110. The labels on the affected vehicles incorrectly state that the vehicle is equipped with 14″ load range D tires requiring 65 PSI, when the vehicle is actually equipped with 14″ load range C tires requiring 50 PSI. 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 will provide corrected labels, free of charge. The recall began on July 13, 2017. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901357.

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: 104

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2017 Jay Flight SLX travel trailers equipped with the Rocky Mountain Package option. The Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) labels on the affected vehicles did not include the weight of the water tank and water when calculating the CCC, therefore, the CCC is overstated beyond the 1% variance allowed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

Jayco has notified owners and will provide them with corrected labels, free of charge. The recall began on July 20, 2017. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901358.

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: 116

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2018 Dutchmen Coleman recreational trailers, models 1705RB, 1755FD, 3015BH, 2605RL, 2305QB, 2515RL, 3025RE, and 2855BH. The affected trailers may have been built with incorrect wiring connectors at the air conditioner junction box.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will replace the incorrect crimp style connector with a twist-on style connector, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2017. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 17-291.

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: 142

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Keystone Outback travel trailers, models 220URB, 240URS, 250URS, 255UBH, and 293UBH. The affected vehicles were built with an incorrect drawbar installed to tow the travel trailer.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will bolt on a reinforcement channel over the existing drawbar attachment of the frame, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2017. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 17-290.

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: 910

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Keystone Avalanche recreational trailers, model 370RD. The affected vehicles have an adjustment bolt for the kitchen slide-out that could contact the front tire.

Keystone has notified owners, and dealers will replace the adjustment bolt with a shorter one, free of charge. The recall began on July 27, 2017. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 17-293.

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: 137

Triple E Recreational Vehicles

Triple E Recreational Vehicles (Triple E) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Wonder motorhomes, model W24MB. The frame extension adapter may be missing some supplemental attaching bolts.

Triple E will notify owners, and dealers will install the 4 (four) supplemental M12 X 90MM grade 10.9 bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2017. Owners may contact Triple E customer service at 1-877-992-9906. Triple E’s number for this recall is CA #8645-1.

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: 26

Please Note: This is the 156th 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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