September 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 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).

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Jayco Redhawk motorhomes built on Chevrolet Van chassis. Liquid may leak into the driver’s power window switch and cause corrosion, resulting in high electrical resistance.

GM will notify owners, and GM dealers will replace the driver side door window switch, free of charge. The recall began on August 27, 2018. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-517-9137, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782.

Potential number of affected units: 170

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 2018 Jayco Alante vehicles. The leveling system hydraulic hoses may become damaged due to their location, resulting in a hydraulic fluid leak.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the location of hoses and replace any damaged hoses, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 28, 2018. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9903407.

Potential number of affected units: 327

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.

Entegra Coach

Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain 2018 Entegra Odyssey vehicles. The leveling system hydraulic hoses may become damaged due to their location, resulting in a hydraulic fluid leak.

Entegra has notified owners, and dealers will inspect the location of hoses and replace any damaged hoses, free of charge. The recall began on September 13, 2018. Owners may contact Entegra customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Entegra’s number for this recall is 9903407.

Potential number of affected units: 36

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.

REV Recreation Group

REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling certain 2018 Fleetwood Pulse, and 2018-2019 Holiday Rambler Prodigy motorhomes equipped with diesel-fuel generators. The generator’s exhaust pipe may be routed close to the polypropylene water waste tank.

REV will notify owners, and dealers will correct the generator exhaust pipe routing and repair the waste water tank as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 16, 2018. Owners may contact REV customer service at 1-800-509-3417. REV’s number for this recall is 180817REV.

Potential number of affected units: 31

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 204th 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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