July 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 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.

Triple E Recreational Vehicles

Triple E Recreational Vehicles (Triple E) is recalling certain 2017 Wonder motorhomes, model W24MB. When open, the door for the Truma water heater can block the furnace air intake and exhaust.

Triple E will notify owners, and dealers will remove the water heater door strap, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 4, 2017. Owners may contact Triple E customer service at 1-877-992-9906. Triple E’s number for this recall is CA #8690-1.

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: 35

Entegra Coach

Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain 2012-2015 Cornerstone motorhomes built on a Spartan Motors chassis. A component within the starter motor may break, potentially resulting in the starter motor overheating or drawing excessive current.

Entegra will notify owners, and Spartan Motors service centers will replace the starter, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 18, 2017. Owners may contact Spartan customer service at 1-800-543-4277 or Entegra customer service at 1-800-517-9137.

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: 174

Entegra Coach

Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain 2018 Cornerstone motorhomes equipped with Cummins ISX 15L engines. These engines have a fuel pump whose drive gear could possibly slip on its drive shaft, causing a fuel pump function loss, resulting in an engine stall.

Entegra has notified owners, and qualified Spartan Service Center/Cummins Distributors will replace the fuel pumps, free of charge. The recall began on July 21, 2017. Owners may contact Spartan customer service at 1-855-589-9836 or Entegra customer service at 1-800-517-9137.

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: 18

KZRV

KZRV, L.P. (KZRV) is recalling certain 2018 Sportsmen Classic, Spree, Connect, Durango, SportTrek, Spree Escape, Venom, and Sportsmen Sportster recreational trailers. The Federal Certification label on these vehicles does not contain the manufacturing date. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

KZRV will notify owners and provide a corrected Federal Certification label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 17, 2017. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 extension 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2017-03.

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: 553

KZRV

KZRV, L.P. (KZRV) is recalling certain 2018 Sportsmen LE recreational trailers. The affected trailers were supplied with the improper spare tires, with both the size and load capacity being incorrect.

KZRV will notify owners and dealers will replace the spare tire with the proper one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 12, 2017. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 extension 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2017-04.

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: 38

Newmar

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2018 London Aire, King Aire, and Essex motorhomes built on Spartan Motors chassis and equipped with Cummins ISX 15L engines. These engines have a fuel pump whose drive gear could possibly slip on its drive shaft, causing a fuel pump function loss, resulting in an engine stall.

Spartan will notify the vehicle owners, and Cummins dealers will replace the fuel pumps, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 28, 2017. Owners may contact Cummins customer service at 1-800-286-6467, Spartan customer service at 1-800-543-5008 or Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300. Newmar’s number for this recall is 17015.

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: 4

Please Note: This is the 157th 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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