August 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 19 recall notices during July 2018 for a total of 133 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 22 recall notices during August 2018. These recalls involved 9 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River (6 recalls), Keystone RV Company (4 recalls), Jayco (4 recalls), Entegra Coach (2 recalls), Thor Motor Coach (2 recall), Newmar (1 recall), KZRV (1 recall), Trail King Industries (1 recall), Heartland Recreational Vehicles (1 recall).

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2019 Keystone Summerland recreational trailers, model 2020QB. The Federal Identification Label on these vehicles may indicate an incorrect tire rim size of 15X6, when the correct rim size is 15X5. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification” and can create a safety risk.

Keystone has notified owners, and dealers will replace the incorrect Federal label with a corrected label, free of charge. The recall began on July 11, 2018. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 18-324.

Potential number of affected units: 20

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 2018-2019 Dutchmen Aerolite recreational trailers, models 2133RB and 2423BH. The Federal Certification Label incorrectly indicates a rim size of 14X5.5J when the correct rim size is 14X5J. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification” and can create a safety risk.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will replace the Federal Certification Label, with a corrected label, free of charge. The recall began on August 2, 2018. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 18-325.

Potential number of affected units: 83

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 2018-2019 Dutchmen Aerolite trailers. The trailer has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 9,680 lbs, however, the safety chains are rated at 7,600lbs.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will replace the 7,600lb rated chains with 11,700lb rated chains, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 2, 2018. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 18-326.

Potential number of affected units: 126

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 Summerland recreational trailers, models 1800BH, 1760BH, 1750RD. These trailers have single propane bottle brackets with two mounting legs that may break at the mounting point.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will replace the existing LP bottle ring mounting bracket with a 3-legged bracket, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 23, 2018. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 18-328.

Potential number of affected units: 344

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.

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2019 Jayco Alante and Precept motorhomes. When traveling at highway speeds, the windshield wiper arms may lift away from the windshield when the wiper speed setting is on high, decreasing the wiper’s ability to clear the windshield. 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 has notified owners, and dealers will replace the wiper system, free of charge. The recall began on July 30, 2018. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9903403.

Potential number of affected units: 124

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.

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2019 Jayco White Hawk recreational trailers. The screws that secure the ladder steps to the ladder rail may break, which can cause occupants to fall.

Jayco has notified owners, and dealers will replace the #8 screws with heavier #10 screws, free of charge. The recall began on July 30, 2018. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901404.

Potential number of affected units: 202

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 198th 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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