September 2018 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 1 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 22 recall notices during August 2018 for a total of 155 for the year.

It should be noted that RV recalls are related to vehicle safety and not product quality,  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 20 recall notices during September 2018. These recalls involved 9 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River (4 recalls), KZRV (3 recalls), Winnebago Industries (3 recalls), Thor Motor Coach (2 recalls), Newmar (2 recalls), Erwin Hymer Group North America (2 recalls), Jayco (2 recalls), REV Recreation Group (1 recall), and Entegra Coach (1 recall).

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2019 Coachmen Work and Play and Adrenaline recreational trailers, 2018-2019 Forest River Forester and XLR recreational trailers and 2018 Forest River Rockwood recreational trailers. The awning may deploy while moving.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the awning controller, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 22, 2018. Owners may contact Coachmen customer service at 1-574-825-6302, Forester customer service at 1-574-206-7600, Rockwood customer service at 1-574-642-4053, XLR Toyhauler customer service at 1-574-642-0432, or Lippert customer service at 1-574-538-4514 or recall@lci1.com. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-0715.

Potential number of affected units: 2,528

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 2019 Prime Time Tracer and Avenger travel trailers equipped with a Greystone oven. These ovens may be missing a diverter which can cause the countertop to get extremely hot.

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall began September 11, 2018. Owners may contact Prime Time customer service at 1-574-862-1025. Forest River’s number for this recall is 48-0833.

Potential number of affected units: 22

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 2019 Coachmen Freedom Express recreational trailers. The break-away safety switch was not wired to a constant power source, and, as a result, the switch may be inadvertently disconnected from the trailer house battery and cause the brakes to not engage if the trailer detaches from the tow vehicle.

Forest River has notified owners, and dealers will correct the break-away safety switch wiring, free of charge. The recall began September 11, 2018. Owners may contact Coachmen Freedom Express customer service at 1-574-825-8657. Forest River’s number for this recall is 220/320-0825.

Potential number of affected units: 69

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 2014-2019 Forest River Salem, Wildcat Maxx, Wildwood, Vibe, and Rainier recreational trailers. The break-away safety switch may not have been wired to a constant power source, and, as a result, the switch may be inadvertently disconnected from the trailer house battery causing the brakes to not engage if the trailer detaches from the tow vehicle.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a new wiring harness to reroute the wiring, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2018. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-503-831-5410. Forest River’s number for this recall is 22/30-0824.

Potential number of affected units: 5,847

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.

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Thor Aria motorhomes and 2017-2019 Thor Venetian motorhomes. The brake caliper mounting bolts on these vehicles may be insufficiently tightened, allowing the bolts to loosen.

TMC will notify owners, and authorized Daimler Trucks service centers will inspect the caliper mounting bolts and tighten them to the proper specification, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-855-2867. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000159.

Potential number of affected units: 175

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.

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Outlaw motorhomes, model 29J. The 12V wiring for the coach may have been improperly wired to the battery instead of wired through a circuit breaker.

TMC will notify owners, and dealers will correct the circuit’s wiring, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 29, 2018. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-855-2867. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000160.

Potential number of affected units: 138

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 201st 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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