September 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 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).

KZRV

KZRV, L.P. (KZRV) is recalling certain 2018-2019 KZ RV Sportsmen 333BHK Travel Trailers. The liquid propane lines on these vehicles are routed through the wheel well and may be damaged by road debris.

KZRV will notify owners, and dealers will install a steel plate to protect the propane supply line, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 6, 2018. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 extension 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2018-006.

Potential number of affected units: 61

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 KZ RV Connect recreational trailers, model C261RL. The liquid propane lines on these vehicles are routed through the wheel well and may be damaged by road debris.

KZRV will notify owners, and dealers will re-route the propane supply lines away from the wheel well, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 12, 2018. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 extension 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2018-07.

Potential number of affected units: 132

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 2017-2019 KZRV Durango, Venom and Sidewinder recreational trailers. The Federal Certification label incorrectly lists the tire size as being ST235/80R16G, however, the correct tire size is ST235/85R16G.

KZRV will notify owners, and dealers will replace the Federal Certification label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 8, 2018. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 extension 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2018-08.

Potential number of affected units: 1,160

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 2017-2019 Newmar Ventana LE and Ventana motorhomes, 2018 Mountain Aire and Essex motorhomes, and 2017-2018 London Aire motorhomes. The brake caliper mounting bolts on these vehicles may be insufficiently tightened, allowing the bolts to loosen.

Newmar 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 recall is expected to begin October 1, 2018. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300. Newmar’s number for this recall is 18V-353.

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

Newmar

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Newmar Ventana LE, Mountain Aire, Essex, Ventana, Dutch Star, New Aire, London Aire and King Aire motorhomes. The affected vehicles have entry doors that have latch rods that may be improperly adjusted, allowing the door to open during transit.

Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will readjust the door latch rod, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 5, 2018. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

Potential number of affected units: 239

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 202nd 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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