February 2018 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 2 of 5)

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 203 recalls during 2017, a 20.1 percent increase over 2016.

NHTSA announced 19 recall notices during January 2018.

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 22 recall notices during February 2018. These recalls involved 13 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River (5 recalls), Jayco (4 recalls), Newmar (2 recalls), Lance Camper (2 recalls), Foretravel (1 recall), KZRV (1 recall), DRV Suites (1 recall), Highland Ridge RV (1 recall), Entegra Coach (1 recall), Eclipse RV (1 recall), Triple E (1 recall), Keystone RV Company (1 recall), and Gulf Stream Coach (1 recall).

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2017, 2018 Eagle 333BHOK (EC) travel trailers. The safety chains on these vehicles are rated at 11,700 lbs, however the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is 12,500lbs. In the event of a trailer detachment, the underrated safety chains may fail.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will install safety chains that have a GVWR of 16,200lbs, free of charge. The recall began on February 8, 2018. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901372.

Potential number of affected units: 81

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.

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2018 Eagle EA, EB, ED travel trailers. The Federal Labels and Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) label on these vehicles may incorrectly list the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) as 11,750lbs, when the actual GVWR is 11,700lbs. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

Jayco will notify owners and provide them with a corrected label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 28, 2018. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901373.

Potential number of affected units: 461

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.

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2018 Eagle travel trailers, model 333BHOK. The flame on the Furrion cook top can become inverted or go out when the furnace is turned on, however, liquid propane (LP) gas will continue to flow to the burners.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will install two wood panels to prevent air from the furnace affecting the stove burners, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 1, 2018. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901366.

Potential number of affected units: 26

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.

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2017 Precept motorhomes. The brake Hydraulic Electronic Control Units (HECU) on these vehicles may be missing valve block ball plugs, potentially causing a brake fluid leak or air ingestion during electronic brake distribution and/or ABS activation.

Jayco will notify owners, and Ford dealers will inspect the hydraulic block and replace the HECU if the ball plugs are present, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 30, 2018. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-517-9137.

Potential number of affected units: 17

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.

Please Note: This is the 177th 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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