September 2017 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 2 of 2)

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 7 recall notices during August 2017 for a total of 131 during the first eight 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 13 recall notices during September 2017. These recalls involved 6 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River (seven recalls), KZRV (1 recall), Thor Motor Coach (2 recalls), Erwin Hymer Group (1 recall), Keystone RV Company (1 recall), REV Recreation Group (1 recall).

KZRV

KZRV, L.P. (KZRV) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Sportsmen and Sportster recreational trailers. The tires may rub against the steel enclosure housing for the sewer hose, causing premature tire wear.

KZRV will notify owners, and dealers will relocate the sewer hose enclosure, free of charge. The recall began on August 30, 2017. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016, extension 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2017-05.

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: 23

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2018 Four Winds, Chateau, and Freedom Elite recreational vehicles. The liquid propane (LP) hose may sag and become pinched between the frame and the leaf spring u-bolts, potentially damaging the hose and causing a propane leak.

TMC will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the LP hose routing and install additional P-clamps or relocate the P-clamps to properly secure the hose, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 23, 2017. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-500-1020. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000144.

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: 860

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2010-2011 Hurricane, and 2011 Serrano and Windsport motorhomes. The affected vehicles are wired to be powered by a generator and are equipped with an Iota ITS-50R transfer switch that may fail when exposed to elevated electrical loads and used in higher temperatures.

TMC will notify owners, and dealers will replace the Iota ITS-50R transfer switch with a transfer switch from another manufacturer, free of charge. The recall began on September 7, 2017. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-500-1020. Thor’s number for this recall is RC000145.

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: 124

Erwin Hymer Group

Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc. (Erwin Hymer) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Hymer Aktiv recreational vehicles, built on RAM Promaster chassis and equipped with a Continental kit (CK). The exhaust pipe may melt the rear bumper cover and the vehicle wiring in that area.

Erwin Hymer has notified owners, and dealers will install a new tailpipe that redirects the exhaust down, away from the bumper area, free of charge. The recall began on September 1, 2017. Owners may contact Erwin Hymer customer service at 1-844-464-3735.

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: 195

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Springdale and Summerland recreational trailers. The wiring for the electric stabilizer jacks were incorrectly connected to the unprotected side of the breaker.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the installation of the electrical stabilizer jack wiring, correcting it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 22, 2017. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 17-299.

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: 6,686

REV Recreation Group

REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling certain 2018 Holiday Rambler Vesta and Fleetwood Jamboree motorhomes. Wires within the generator junction box may have been improperly stripped before being connected.

REV will notify owners, and dealers will properly strip and reconnect the junction box wires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 29, 2017. Owners may contact REV customer service at 1-800-509-3417. REV’s number for this recall is 170823REV.

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

Please Note: This is the 160th 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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