August 2018 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 4 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).

Newmar

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2018 Newmar Bay Star, King Aire, London Aire, Mountain Aire, Bay Star Sport, Canyon Star, Dutch Star, Essex, New Aire, Ventana LE, and Ventana motorhomes. When the ignition key is in the off/accessory position and the battery disconnect is on, the slide-out rooms on these vehicles may move in or out unexpectedly.

Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will replace the slide-out room controller, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 27, 2018. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

Potential number of affected units: 930

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 Sportsmen recreational trailers. Propane gas may leak at the back of the outside kitchen cooktop.

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 extension 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2018-005.

Potential number of affected units: 500

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.

Trail King Industries

Trail King Industries, Inc. (Trail King) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Trail King Dolly trailers. The dolly frame channel may crack near the center cross members.

Trail King has notified owners, and dealers will reinforce the frame channel to prevent cracking, free of charge. The recall began August 15, 2018. Owners may contact Trail King customer service at 1-800-843-3324. Trail King’s number for this recall is TK201801.

Potential number of affected units: 46

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.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain 2018 Heartland Sundance XLT TT recreational trailers. These vehicles may have been incorrectly equipped with Load Range C tires instead of Load Range D tires.

Heartland will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires with ones of the correct load rating, free of charge. The recall began on August 21, 2018. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99.01.39.

Potential number of affected units: 12

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 200th 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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