June 2018 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 2 of 4)

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 11 recall notices during May 2018 for a total of 97 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 17 recall notices during June 2018. These recalls involved 10 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River (3 recalls), Jayco (3 recalls), Keystone RV Company (3 recalls), Tiffin Motorhomes (2 recalls), Starcraft RV (1 recall), Entegra Coach (1 recall), Newmar (1 recall), Motor Coach Industries (1 recall), Columbia Northwest (1 recall), Foretravel (1 recall)

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2018 Jayco Alante and 2018-2019 Jayco Precept vehicles. The windshield wiper system motor on these vehicles may fail when being operated in heavy snow or ice situations, thereby reducing driver visibility. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 104, “Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems.”

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiper module with a new relay pack, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 3, 2018. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9903378.

Potential number of affected units: 998

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 2016-2017 Crossroads Redwood travel trailers. The ladder on the back of the vehicle may be blocking the secondary emergency exit window.

Keystone has notified owners instructing them to remove the emergency exit sticker from that window if it is blocked by a ladder, free of charge. The recall began on May 23, 2018. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 18-319.

Potential number of affected units: 156

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 Keystone Montana fifth-wheel trailers. The switch for the slide-out room may not have circuit-protection.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will install a inline fuse for that circuit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 8, 2018. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 18-320.

Potential number of affected units: 313

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 2019 Keystone Cougar fifth-wheel trailers, models 28SGS and 27RLS. The propane compartment may not have been sealed properly during manufacturing, which if there were a propane leak, could allow the propane gas to seep into the living quarters.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will seal the inside of the LP compartment along the floor line and side wall, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 9, 2018. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 18-321.

Potential number of affected units: 94

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 190th 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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