December 2017 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 6 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).

Winnebago

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Grand Tour and Journey motorhomes. The battery cables and hydraulic lines on these vehicles may not be properly secured, allowing them to contact the driveshaft or exhaust system, potentially resulting in an electrical short or hydraulic fluid leak.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the battery cables and hydraulic lines, rerouting and securing them as necessary. Any damaged cables or lines will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-3535.

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

Starcraft RV

Starcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain 2009-2010 StarCraft, Centennial, Homestead, Travel Star, Travel Star EXP, Travel Star Sport, Autumn Ridge and Autumn Ridge SE recreational trailers, 2010 Rock Star, Lexion, Emblem and Homestead recreational trailers, 2013-2016 Comet recreational trailers, 2013-2015 AR-One and Launch recreational trailers, 2014-2016 Starflyer recreational trailers and 2016 Comet Hard Side recreational trailers. These trailers are equipped with Kidde Plastic-Handle or Push Button ‘Pindicator’ Fire Extinguishers that may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected or excessive force may be needed to activate the extinguisher. Additionally, in certain models, the nozzle may detach from the valve assembly with enough force that it could cause injury and also render the product inoperable. For a full list of the affected fire extinguisher models visit: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RMISC-17E062-5427.pdf

Starcraft will notify owners, and instruct them to contact Kidde for a replacement fire extinguisher, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 22, 2018. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787, or contact Kidde customer service toll-free at 1-855-271-0773, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

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: 2,879

Cruiser RV

Cruiser RV (Cruiser) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Boss, Full House and Fun Finder Signature, 2018 Embrace and Striker FW, 2013-2016 Enterra and View Finder Signature, 2006-2016 Fun Finder, 2007-2015 Fun Finder Xtra, 2015-2017 Fun Finder Xtreme Lite and Shadow Cruiser Ultra Lite, 2016-2018 MPG, 2013-2017 Radiance, 2017-2018 Radiance Ultra Lite, 2010-2016 Shadow Cruiser, 2015-2016 Shadow Cruiser LE, 2017 South Fork, 2014-2018 Striker, 2009-2016 View Finder Lite, 2006-2007 Liberty, 2007 Land Roamer, 2009-2012 View Finder Toy Hauler, and 2006-2013 Fun Finder X recreational vehicles, equipped with certain Kidde Plastic-Handle or Push Button ‘Pindicator’ Fire Extinguishers. These extinguishers may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected or excessive force may be needed to activate the extinguisher. Additionally, in certain models, the nozzle may detach from the valve assembly with enough force that it could cause injury and also render the product inoperable. For a full list of the affected fire extinguisher models visit: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RMISC-17E062-5427.pdf

Cruiser will notify owners, instructing them to contact Kidde for a replacement fire extinguisher, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 22, 2018. Owners may contact Cruiser customer service at 1-866-277-5630, or Kidde customer service toll free at 1-855-271-0773, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

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: 36,037

DRV Suites

DRV Suites (DRV) is recalling certain 2007-2018 Elite Suites, 2014-2018 Full House, 2003-2018 Mobile Suites, 2010-2018 Mobile Suite Estates, 2006-2012 Select Suite, 2013-2016 Tradition, and 2017 Travel Suites recreational vehicles, equipped with certain Kidde Plastic-Handle or Push Button ‘Pindicator’ Fire Extinguishers. These extinguishers may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected or excessive force may be needed to activate the extinguisher. Additionally, in certain models, the nozzle may detach from the valve assembly with enough force that it could cause injury and also render the product inoperable. For a full list of the affected fire extinguisher models visit: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RMISC-17E062-5427.pdf

DRV will notify owners, instructing them to contact Kidde for a replacement fire extinguisher, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 22, 2018. Owners may contact DRV customer service at 1-574-457-6472, or Kidde customer service toll free at 1-855-271-0773, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

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: 7,896

Bison Coach

Bison Coach, LLC (Bison) is recalling certain 2010 Stratus, Aluma Sport, Trail Express, and Trail Hand recreational trailers, equipped with certain Kidde Plastic-Handle or Push Button ‘Pindicator’ Fire Extinguishers. These extinguishers may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected or excessive force may be needed to activate the extinguisher. Additionally, in certain models, the nozzle may detach from the valve assembly with enough force that it could cause injury and also render the product inoperable. For a full list of the affected fire extinguisher models visit: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RMISC-17E062-5427.pdf

Bison will notify owners, instructing them to contact Kidde for a replacement fire extinguisher, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 22, 2018. Owners may contact Bison customer service at 1-574-658-4161, or Kidde customer service toll free at 1-855-271-0773, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

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: 200

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling various 2003-2018 Coachmen, Dutchmen, and Keystone recreational trailers equipped with Kidde Plastic-Handle or Push Button ‘Pindicator’ Fire Extinguishers. A list of the affected trailer models is available at: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RMISC-17V755-5127.pdf. These extinguishers may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected or excessive force may be needed to activate the extinguisher. Additionally, in certain models, the nozzle may detach from the valve assembly with enough force that it could cause injury and also render the product inoperable. For a full list of the affected fire extinguisher models visit: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RMISC-17E062-5427.pdf

Keystone will notify owners and instruct them to contact Kidde for a replacement fire extinguisher, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 22, 2018. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-574-535-2100, or Kidde customer service toll-free at 1-855-271-0773, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information. Keystone’s number for this recall is 17-307.

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: 1,205,997

Travel Lite RV

Travel Lite RV (Travel Lite) is recalling certain 2018 Falcon recreational trailers, models F-23TH, and F-23RB. A 2″ Class III hitch coupler was mistakenly installed instead of a 2 5/16″ Class III hitch coupler.

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Travel Lite customer service at 1-574-831-3000.

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: 163

Please Note: This is the 171st 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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