December 2017 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 5 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).

KZRV

KZRV, L.P. (KZRV) is recalling certain 2014-2015 Durango Gold recreational trailers. In the affected vehicles, a rivet for the quad entry steps may shear and fail, causing the steps to give when being used.

KZRV will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the two rivets joining the second and third step, and the four rivets on the top step, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 2, 2018. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 extension 154 or 153. Note: This recall is an expansion of KZRV recall 15V-173.

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: 171

Newmar

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2015-2018 London Aire motorhomes built on Daimler Trucks (DTNA) chassis. When the high beams are activated, only the high beam bulbs illuminate instead of both the high beam and low beam bulbs as intended.

Newmar will notify owners and DTNA dealers will modify the vehicles so that both beams illuminate when high beams are turned on, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 16, 2018. Owners may contact Daimler Trucks North America at 1-800-547-0712 or 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: 204

Newmar

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2018 Bay Star and Bay Star Sport motorhomes. The front side marker lights on these vehicles may not be connected to the wiring harness. Additionally, when the headlight high beams are activated, the low beams may not illuminate as intended. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will connect the front side marker lights to the wiring harness, and ensure the low beam lights illuminate with high beam activation, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 10, 2018. 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: 194

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2018 Ace, Axis, Hurricane, Windsport, and Vegas motorhomes. The wiring for the trailer lights may have been inserted into the wrong locations of the trailer lighting socket causing the trailer lights to not function properly. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

Thor has notified owners and dealers will re-wire a new connector, free of charge. The recall began on November 21, 2017. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-500-1020. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000148.

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: 36

Newell Coach

Newell Coach Corp. (Newell) is recalling certain 2017-2018 P50 coaches. These coaches have 100 amp self-resetting circuit breakers that may trip unexpectedly causing a loss of essential coach chassis systems such as ignition power, head lights, tail lights and wipers.

Newell will notify owners and will replace the 100 amp breaker with a 120 amp breaker, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 5, 2017. Owners may contact Newell customer service at 1-888-363-9355.

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: 36

Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers

Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers LLC (Pleasant Valley) is recalling certain 2017-2018 MyPod, T@G, T@B 320, T@B 400, Cirrus 820, and Cirrus 920 travel trailers equipped with Kidde Plastic-Handle Fire Extinguishers, model 210D. These extinguishers may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected or requiring excessive force to activate the extinguisher. Additionally, the nozzle may detach from the valve assembly with enough force that it could cause injury and render the product inoperable.

Pleasant Valley will notify owners and direct them to contact Kidde directly to get a replacement fire extinguisher, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 29, 2017. Owners may contact Pleasant Valley customer service at 1-330-852-4811 or Walter Kidde customer service at 1-855-271-0773.

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: 2,590

Please Note: This is the 170th 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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