May 2018 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 1 of 2)


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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 April 2018 for a total of 86 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 11 recall notices during May 2018. These recalls involved 7 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River (2 recalls), Newmar (2 recalls), KZRV (2 recalls), Gulf Stream Coach (2 recalls), Riverside RV (1 recall), Winnebago (1 recall), Thor Motor Coach (1 recall)

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Coachmen Spirit recreational trailers, models SBT2963BH and SBT2342BH. The outdoor cooktop may have been installed without an liquid propane (LP) quick disconnect.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the LP supply line and relocate it with a quick disconnect LP fitting, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 15, 2018. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-825-8205. Forest River’s number for this recall is 220-0691.

Potential number of affected units: 44

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, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2018 Forest River Prime Time recreational trailers, model WCF35MB. The Federal Placard states an incorrect Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) which incorrectly calculated an incorrect Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) to indicate a negative CCC in pounds. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Forest River has notified owners and provided Federal Placards with corrected information, free of charge. The recall began on May 3, 2018. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-862-2589. Forest River’s number for this recall is 61-0704.

Potential number of affected units: 7

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.

Newmar

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2018 Newmar Bay Star, Bay Star Sport, Canyon Star, Ventana LE, Ventana, Dutch Star, New Aire, Mountain Aire, London Aire, Essex, and King Aire motorhomes. The electrical connections in the breaker box may not be properly tightened, possibly causing the connections to overheat.

Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the loose electrical connections, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 12, 2018. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

Potential number of affected units: 653

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.

Newmar

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Newmar Ventana, 2015-2016 Newmar London Aire, and 2013-2017 Newmar Dutch Star motorhomes. When switching from using the low beam headlights to the high beam headlights, the low beam headlights go out when the intention was to have both beams illuminate.

Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will correct the vehicles so that the low beam stays illuminated when the high beam is switched on, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 17, 2018. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

Potential number of affected units: 2,038

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 2019 KZRV Connect recreational trailers, model C241RLK. These vehicles were incorrectly equipped with a 15/20 amp circuit breaker instead of a 15/15 amp breaker.

KZRV will notify owners, and dealers will replace the 15/20 amp circuit breaker with a 15/15 amp circuit breaker, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 15, 2018. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 extension 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2018-03.

Potential number of affected units: 17

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 2018-2019 KZRV Durango, Spree, Spree Escape, Connect, Sportsmen, Sidewinder, and Venom recreational trailers. The Solera Smart Arm awning may deploy while moving.

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin on June 15, 2018. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016, extension 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2018-04.

Potential number of affected units: 7,401

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 187th 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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