February 2018 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 5 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).

Eclipse RV

Eclipse Recreational Vehicles, Inc. (Eclipse) is recalling certain 2019 Attitude recreational trailers. These vehicles were equipped with tires that have the incorrect load range.

Eclipse will notify owners, and dealers will install tires of the correct load rating, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February 2018. Owners may contact Eclipse customer service at 1-951-684-6868.

Potential number of affected units: 19

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.

Triple E

Triple E Recreational Vehicles (Triple E) is recalling certain 2002-2009 Invitation and Embassy recreational vehicles, 2002-2012 Regency, Regal, Senator and Topaz recreational vehicles, 2002-2010 Signature, Commander and Empress recreational vehicles, 2005-2013 Regency GT recreational vehicles, 2011-2013 MOT Trailers, 2012 Roughneck trailers (NT300), 2008-2013 Free Flight, Serenity (S24CB), Liberio (L24CB)and Free Spirit recreational vehicles and 2010-2013 Unity recreational vehicles.

These motorhomes are equipped with Kidde Plastic-Handle or Push Button ‘Pindicator’ Fire Extinguishers that may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected or requiring excessive force 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

Triple E will notify owners, instructing them to contact Kidde for a replacement fire extinguisher, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 26, 2018. Owners may contact Kidde customer service at 1-855-262-3540 or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information. Triple E’s number for this recall is CA#8894-1.

Potential number of affected units: 1,159

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.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2018 Crossroads Sunset trailers. These trailers may have Sterling Sport tires that are rated for 1760 lbs. instead of tires that are rated for 2040 lbs. as intended.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires with the correct load rated tires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 30, 2018. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 18-313.

Potential number of affected units: 882

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.

Gulf Stream Coach

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. (Gulf Stream) is recalling certain 2018 Geo and Matrix recreational trailers. The Federal Certification Labels on these vehicles may incorrectly list the Kilogram (Kg) weight rating of the rear axle as 182 Kg (401.31 lbs.) below its actual capacity. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Gulf Stream will notify owners, and will provide corrected labels, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 28, 2018. Owners may contact Gulf Stream customer service at 1-800-289-8787.

Potential number of affected units: 15

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 180th 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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