December 2017 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 1 of 6)

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 11 recall notices during November 2017 for a total of 169 during the first 11 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 34 recall notices during December 2017. These recalls involved 19 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Forest River (7 recalls), Heartland Recreational Vehicles (3 recalls), REV Recreation Group (2 recalls), Entegra Coach (2 recalls), Jayco (2 recalls), Highland Ridge RV (2 recalls), Grand Design RV (2 recalls), KZRV (2 recalls), Newmar (2 recalls), Thor Motor Coach (1 recall), Newell Coach (1 recall), Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers (1 recall), Winnebago (1 recall), Starcraft RV (1 recall), Cruiser RV (1 recall), DRV Suites (1 recall), Bison Coach (1 recall), Keystone RV Company (1 recall), and Travel Lite RV (1 recall).

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2018 Puma recreational trailers. The Federal Placards indicate incorrect tire load range and tire pressure (PSI) information. The placard states a tire size of ST205/75R15/D requiring 50PSI, however the installed tires are size ST205/75R15/C, requiring 65PSI. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims,” and they also fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected Federal Placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 2, 2018. Owners may contact Forest River Customer Service at 1-574-642-0588. Forest River’s number for this recall is 425-0560.

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: 8

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Dynamax Isata vehicles, models ISC36DSD, ISC35DBD, ISC36DSD4X4, built on RAM chassis equipped with Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel engines that have Concentric-brand water pumps without a vent hole. These water pumps may leak coolant.

Forest River will notify owners and Chrysler/RAM dealers will replace the water pumps, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 8, 2018. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-262-3474 extension 212, or Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Forest River’s number for this recall is 55-0564.

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: 22

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2017-2018 XLR Toyhauler, Vengeance and Wolf Pack recreational trailers equipped with an optional generator. The generator’s exhaust pipe is mounted too close to the trailer’s plastic underbelly.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the routing of the exhaust pipe, lowering it away from the plastic underbelly, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by January 8, 2018. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-260-499-2100. Forest River’s number for this recall is 73-0535.

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: 762

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2018 Prime Time Fury recreational trailers. The information on the Federal Placard may be incorrect, stating that the vehicle is equipped with ST235/80R16E tires and 16X6.0JJ rims, however, the vehicle is actually equipped with ST225/75R15E tires and 15X6.0JJ rims. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims,” and 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install new corrected Federal Placards, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 10, 2018. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-862-1025. Forest River’s number for this recall is 48-0575.

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: 58

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Dynamax recreational vehicles, models ISC24FWM, ISC24RWM, ISC24FWMCD and ISC24CBM. If the vehicle is parked with the engine running, carbon monoxide may enter the passenger cabin through open windows or other openings in the floor.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install stainless steel exhaust tips to lengthen the exhaust, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 15, 2018. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-262-3474. Forest River’s number for this recall is 55-0565.

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: 581

Please Note: This is the 166th 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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