April 2018 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 3 of 3)

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 14 recall notices during March 2018 for a total of 57 for the year.

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 19 recall notices during April 2018. These recalls involved 10 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Forest River (7 recalls), Keystone RV Company (2 recalls), Motor Coach Industries (2 recalls), Newmar (2 recalls), REV Recreation Group (2 recalls), Lazy Daze (1 recall), Columbia Northwest (1 recall), Winnebago Industries (1 recall), and KZRV (1 recall).

REV Recreation Group

REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling certain 2018 American Coach American Dream and American Revolution motorhomes, Fleetwood Discovery, Discovery LXE, Pace Arrow and Pace Arrow LXE motorhomes, Holiday Rambler Endeavor, Endeavor XE, Navigator and Navigator XE motorhomes and Monaco Marquis and Signature motorhomes equipped with an Aurora heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The wires for the HVAC system potentiometer may become disconnected from the quick connect terminals.

REV will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the potentiometer and solder the wires or replace the control panel, if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 14, 2018. Owners may contact REV customer service at 1-800-509-3417. REV’s number for this recall is 180315REV.

Potential number of affected units: 600

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.

REV Recreation Group

REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling certain 2018 Fleetwood Axon and Pulse, Holiday Rambler Reno and Prodigy, Monaco Marquis and American Coach American Dream motorhomes, 2017-2018 Fleetwood Bounder, Discovery, Discovery LXE, Flair, Jamboree, Southwind, Pace Arrow, Pace Arrow LXE and Storm motorhomes, Holiday Rambler Admiral XE, Endeavor, Endeavor XE, Navigator XE, Navigator, Vacationer, Vacationer XE and Vesta and American Coach American Eagle motorhomes and 2017 Holiday Rambler Scepter, Monaco Diplomat, and American Coach American Revolution motorhomes. The mounting screws for the satellite dish may not have been fastened through the sheet steel reinforcement, possibly allowing the satellite dish to detach from the roof while driving.

REV will notify owners, and dealers will resecure the satellite dish to the roof with a metal reinforcement, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 25, 2018. Owners may contact REV customer service at 1-800-509-3417. REV’s number for this recall is 180322REV. Note: This recall supersedes recall 17V-802. Any vehicle repaired under that campaigned is not included in this one as the remedy for both recalls is the same.

Potential number of affected units: 2,055

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.

Lazy Daze

Lazy Daze, Inc. (Lazy Daze) is recalling certain 2012-2017 24′ Twin King (24TK). 24′ Front Lounge (24FL), 24′ Front Dinette (24FD), 27′ Mid-Bath (27MB), 27′ Rear Bath (27RB), 27′ Rear Kitchen (27RK), 31′ Island Bed (31IB), and 31′ Twin Bed (31TB) motorhomes equipped with certain Plastic-Handle Fire Extinguishers or Push Button ‘Pindicator’ Fire Extinguishers. These extinguishers 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

Lazy Daze will notify owners, instructing them to contact Kidde to get a replacement fire extinguisher, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 2, 2018. Owners may contact Lazy Daze customer service at 1-909-627-1103 or Kidde customer service at 1-855-271-0773 or they may also visit www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

Potential number of affected units: 109

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.

Columbia Northwest

Columbia Northwest, Inc. (Columbia Northwest) is recalling certain 2013-2018 Somerset E3 recreational trailers. The Certification Labels on these vehicles may be missing the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selections and Rims,” and the vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Columbia Northwest will notify owners and send them a corrected certification label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 1, 2018. Owners may contact Columbia Northwest customer service at 1-724-237-5227.

Potential number of affected units: 185

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.

Winnebago Industries

Winnebago Industries, Inc (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Winnebago Intent motorhomes. The top mounting screws for the exterior rearview mirrors may not be installed correctly, possibly resulting in the mirrors falling off while driving.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will check the location of the mirror and remove and reinstall it to the correct location, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 30, 2018. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-6939 or 1-800-537-1885. Winnebago’s number for this recall is 149.

Potential number of affected units: 908

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.

 

KZRV

KZRV, L.P. (KZRV) is recalling certain 2018 KZRV Sportsmen Classic recreational trailers, models 130RB and 150RBT. These vehicles are equipped with Norcold N306 mini refrigerators that may have a loose or missing propane gas valve test port screw.

KZRV will notify owners, and dealers will install and tighten the gas valve port screw, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 1, 2018. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 extension 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2018-02.

Potential number of affected units: 55

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 186th 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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