More February 2016 RV Manufacturer Recalls

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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced 14 recall notices during February 2016. These recalls involved 9 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Gulf Stream Coach, Newmar Corporation, Forest River, Winnebago Industries, Motor Coach Industries (MCI), Evergreen Recreational Vehicles, Highland Ridge RV, Starcraft RV, and Open Range R.V. Company.

Due to this high number of manufacture safety recalls, notices will be detailed in a series of posts.

Forest River

forest-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016 Coachmen Cross Country vehicles manufactured May 26, 2015, to December 2, 2015. During suspension travel, the front tires may be damaged from contacting the fuel fill guard.

If the tire contacts the fuel fill guard, it may be damaged and deflate, resulting in a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a revised fuel fill guard that will not contact the tires. Any tire that shows sign of contact with the fuel fill guard will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 10, 2016. Owners east of the Mississippi river may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-825-8317. Owners west of the Mississippi river may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-825-8305. Forest River’s number for this recall is 310-01112016-0126.

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.

Forest River

forest-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016 Wildcat recreational trailers, models WCF28SGX, WCF29RKP, WCF29RLX, and WCF31SAX, manufactured from September 25, 2015, through January 20, 2016. The affected vehicles may have been produced with an incorrect Federal placard that has an improperly reduced Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) of 3500lbs. The correct GAWR is 5200lbs. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Incorrect Federal Placard information such as the Gross Axle Weight Rating could lead to reduced handling of the vehicle, potentially leading to loss of control or a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will provide a corrected Federal placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 28, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-862-2071. Forest River’s number for this recall is 23-01262016-0131.

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.

Forest River

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016 Surveyor recreational vehicles, model SVF275BHSS, manufactured from November 4, 2015, through November 11, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the general circuit receptacle may be incorrectly wired, and as a result, too much current may travel through the receptacle.

Too much electrical current can cause an electrical arc, and potentially electrocute the user.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will repair any wiring, breakers, and other items, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 29, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-3119 extension 205. Forest River’s number for this recall is 37-01152016-0131.

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-quality-circle-award-255x144Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Winnebago Travato, Trend, and Itasca Viva! motor homes manufactured February 27, 2015, to January 6, 2016. The affected vehicles have an ignition switch that may experience an intermittent loss of electrical contact.

An intermittent loss of contact can result in a vehicle stall and/or a partial or complete loss of the air bags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and/or instrument panel cluster. Loss of functionality of these systems may increase the risk of crash and/or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

FCA US (Chrysler), manufacturer of the motorhome chassis, will notify owners, and Chrysler dealers will replace the ignition switch contact holder block, free of charge. Owners were sent interim notices in January 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 or Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-3535.

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 89th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

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—Martin Van Buren

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