April RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving four recreational vehicle manufacturers— Featherlite, Inc., Spartan Chassis, Inc., Winnebago Industries Inc., and Motor Coach Industries Inc. (MCI).

Featherlite, Inc.

Cresco, Iowa-based Featherlite, Inc. is recalling five model year 2012 8415 trailers quipped with electric/hydraulic (E/H) brake actuator pumps. Some of these pumps may not have been properly heat treated. This condition can cause premature wear of some critical components in these pumps, which can render the unit inoperable.

The E/H brake actuator provides braking power to the trailer brakes. Failure of the actuator can result in the loss of braking effort by the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash.
Featherlite will notify owners, and dealers will replace the actuators free of charge.

Featherlite has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Featherlite at 1-877-903-1444.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Spartan Chassis, Inc

Charlotte, Michigan-based Spartan Chassis, Inc. is recalling 13 model year 2012 K2 and MG chassis manufactured from Dec. 15, 2011 through Jan. 31, 2012, and equipped with 3030 brake chambers. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 121, “Air Brake Systems” because they do not meet the park brake and draw bar requirements.

The park brake may not hold the vehicle in place and if the vehicle moves, injury or property damage could occur without warning.

Spartan will notify owners and install improved brake chambers, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact Spartan at 1-517-543-6400.

Spartan’s Safety Recall No. is 12005.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Winnebago Industries Inc.

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. is recalling two model year 2008 Access motorhomes, manufactured on April 10, 2008 and July 23, 2008. Over time and with frequent use, the roll stop latches on the wheelchair lift outer barrier may become bent or misaligned.

A wheelchair occupant may defeat or ride over the insufficiently latched roll stop. If this occurs when the lift platform is in an elevated position, the wheelchair’s occupant could fall and sustain injury.

Winnebago is working with Braun to identify and notify owners, and Braun dealers will repair the vehicles, free of charge.

Owners may contact Winnebago Industries Owner Relations at 1-641-585-6939.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Motor Coach Industries (MCI)

Schaumburg, Illinois-based Motor Coach Industries Inc. (MCI) is recalling model year 2009-2012 J motor coaches. Due to inadequate bonding, the transom windows, the rear-most windows on each side, may detach from the coach, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Potentially 560 units are affected.

A transom window detachment without warning could increase the risk of personal injury or property damage, according to NHTSA.

MCI will notify owners, and dealers will install mechanical retention clips on the transom windows, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin this month.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.
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More November RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving four recreational vehicle manufacturers—Winnebago Industries, Universal Specialty Vehicles, Motor Coach Industries, and Spartan Chassis.

Winnebago Industries, Inc.

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc. is recalling 237 model year 2011 Journey, Meridian, Tour, and Ellipse motorhomes and Winnebago Commercial Vehicles built on MC, XCL, and XCS chassis from September 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010, equipped with a Cummins ISX or ISL diesel engine. The V-band clamp assembly, part numbers Q187684, Q187685, and Q187686, used to connect the inlet and outlet cone sections to the diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC)/Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) include a T-bolt which can fracture and fail when subjected to stress or load. A fracture or failure of the T-bolt may cause the clamp to loosen and the inlet or outlet sections attached to the DOC/DPF housing to disconnect.

If the inlet or outlet sections disconnect, hot exhaust gases can vent prior to exiting the tailpipe, creating the risk of combustion and a fire. If both clamps fail, there is a risk in some applications that the DOC/DPF housing may detach completely, creating a road hazard.

Winnebago is working with Daimler Trucks North America (the suppliers of the chassis) and Cummins to identify and notify owners of the recall campaign. The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a remedy plan for this campaign. Owners may contact Cummins at 1-812-377-5000.

Cummins’ recall campaign numbers is C1154.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Universal Specialty Vehicles, Inc.

Perris, California-based Universal Specialty Vehicles (USV), Inc. is recalling two model year 2011-2012 Eagle RVs manufactured from September 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010, equipped with a Cummins ISX or ISL diesel engine. The V-band clamp assembly, part numbers Q187684, Q187685, and Q187686, used to connect the inlet and outlet cone sections to the diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC)/Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) include a T-bolt which can fracture and fail when subjected to stress or load. A fracture or failure of the T-bolt may cause the clamp to loosen and the inlet or outlet sections attached to the DOC/DPF housing to disconnect.

If the inlet or outlet sections disconnect, hot exhaust gases can vent prior to exiting the tailpipe, creating the risk of combustion and a fire. If both clamps fail, there is a risk in some applications that the DOC/DPF housing may detach completely, creating a road hazard.

USV is working with Cummins to identify and notify owners of the recall campaign. Repairs will be performed by authorized Cummins dealers free of charge. Owners may contact Cummins at 1-812-377-5000.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Motor Coach Industries

Schaumburg, Illinois-based Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is recalling model year 2010-2011 D4505 motor coaches manufactured from May 2010 through September 2011, according NHTSA. Potentially, 112 units are affected.

These vehicles were equipped with PennTex alternators that may collect moisture at the power stud, according to NHTSA. This moisture may result in corrosion buildup at and around the power stud base. Corrosion may create a short circuit between the power stud and the alternator body, which in turn could result in burning of the power stud or the power cable end. This could increase the risk of a fire. Additionally, the vehicle battery could discharge which could cause the vehicle to stall.

Motor Coach Industries will inspect and modify the alternator installation free of charge, according to NHTSA. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Spartan Chassis, Inc.

Charlotte, Michigan-based Spartan Chassis, Inc. is recalling 651 model year 2010 and 2011 K2, K3, MM, and SU incomplete recreational vehicle chassis manufactured from January 4, 2010 through January 26, 2011, equipped with an electronic control module, part number 2791-NN2E-001 or 2791-NN2E-002. When the brake is applied, the cruise control may not cancel. Additionally, these vehicles may exhibit an inadvertent, moderate increase in vehicle speed until the vehicle reaches its governed speed after the vehicle’s cruise control is set.

If the driver attempts to cancel the cruise control by applying the brake or if the vehicle speed increases and the driver is unaware, they may have reduced control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

The manufacturer is in the process of developing a remedy for this issue. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact Spartan at 1-517-543-6400.

Spartan’s recall campaign number is 11027.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

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