November 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 14 recall notices during October 2017 for a total of 158 during the first ten 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 11 recall notices during November 2017. These recalls involved 6 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Keystone RV Company (4 recalls), Forest River (2 recalls), KZRV (2 recalls), Thor Motor Coach (1 recall), Triple E (1 recall), and MCI (1 recall)

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2018 Puma recreational trailers. When installing and tightening the wheels on the trailers, the wheel center caps may have interfered, preventing the wheels from being properly tightened.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will remove the plastic wheel center cap and install a different center cap, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 5, 2017. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-0588. Forest River’s number for this recall is 420-0537.

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: 742

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Rockwood and Flagstaff travel trailers. The slide room arm may contact and damage the passenger side rear tire.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a lift kit to elevate the chassis and replace any tire that has evidence of damage, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 22, 2017. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-5164. Forest River’s number 10-0588.

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: 77

KZRV

KZRV, L.P. (KZRV) is recalling certain 2017-2018 KZRV Sportsmen Sportster trailers. There is insufficient clearance between the slide out support arm and the vehicle tires. While the trailer is being towed, the axle travel can allow the tire to contact the support arm.

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin December 8, 2017. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 extensions 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2017-07.

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: 19

KZRV

KZRV, L.P. (KZRV) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Connect recreational trailers equipped with an outside kitchen. The outlet for outside kitchen area does not have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection.

KZRV will notify owners, and dealers will replace the 110 volt outlet with a GFCI outlet, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 22, 2017. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 extension 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2017-08.

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: 152

Triple E

Triple E Recreational Vehicles (Triple E) is recalling 2016-2018 Wonder motorhomes, model W24MB. The fridge power supply is not correctly fused.

Triple E will notify owners, and dealers will correctly connect the fridge wire to the 20 amp fuse block, free of charge. The recall began on November 1, 2017. Owners may contact Triple E RV customer service at 1-877-992-9906. Triple E RV?s number for this recall is CA #8764-1.

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: 56

Motor Coach Industries (MCI)

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is recalling certain 2018 MCI J4500 buses. The primary air line was incorrectly hooked to the secondary air pressure gauge and the secondary air line was hooked to the primary air pressure gauge. As such, these buses fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 121, “Air Brake Systems.”

MCI will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the air lines for proper connection, repairing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2017. Owners may contact MCI customer service at 1-800-241-29471. MCI’s number for this recall is SB 455.

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

Please Note: This is the 165th 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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