July 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 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.

Newmar

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2014-2018 Newmar Dutch Star and 2015-2017 Newmar Ventana motorhomes. In the affected motorhomes, the driver side and passenger side powered night shades can be lowered by using the remote when the ignition is in the ON position.

Newmar will notify owners and dealers will install a relay to disable the operation of the driver and passenger night shade by the remote when the ignition is in the ON position. The recall is expected to begin on August 29, 2017. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

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: 1,289

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach (Thor) is recalling certain 2018 Outlaw 29H motorhomes. The affected vehicles were built incorrectly with a 15 amp fuse for the awning light instead of a 2 amp fuse.

TMC will notify owners, and dealers will replace the 15 amp fuse with a 2 amp fuse, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 17, 2017. Owner’s may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-500-1020. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000143.

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: 148

Starcraft RV

Starcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain Launch Outfitter 24RLS (UT) travel trailers equipped with the sleeper/tri-fold sofa or theater seating. The electrical outlet between the sleeper/tri-fold sofa seating does not have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter protection.

Starcraft will notify owners, and dealers will replace the outlet with a GFCI protected outlet, free of charge. The recall began on June 29, 2017. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787. Starcraft’s number for this recall is 9902356.

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

Pleasure Way Industries

Pleasure Way Industries Ltd (Pleasure Way) is recalling certain 2017 Lexor TS motorhomes. The affected vehicles have a mirror attached to the back of the closet door that may detach unexpectedly.

Pleasure Way will notify owners, and dealers will attach the mirror with clips instead of just adhesive, free of charge. The recall began on June 29, 2017. Owners may contact Pleasure Way customer service at 1-800-364-0189.

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: 37

Lance Camper

Lance Camper Manufacturing. Corp. (Lance Camper) is recalling certain 2018 Lance Travel Trailers equipped with adjustable utility receivers sold as optional or aftermarket equipment. The receivers may have insufficient welds and, as a result, things connected to the receiver such as a bicycle rack may not be properly positioned.

Lance Camper has notified owners, and the owners will be refunded for their purchase once the receiver is returned. As an option, customers may instead get a bike rack that goes on the front of the travel trailer, free of charge. The recall began on May 26, 2017. Owners may contact Lance Camper customer service at 1-661-949-3322.

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: 42

Please Note: This is the 158th 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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