September 2018 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 3 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).

Winnebago Industries

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) 2012-2013 Winnebago Era, View, and Via motorhomes and Itasca Navion and Reyo motorhomes. The high pressure liquid propane hoses may harden at the crimp fitting, possibly resulting in a propane leak.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the propane hose, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-6939 or 1-800-537-1885. Winnebago’s number for this recall is 151.

Potential number of affected units: 1,654

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.

Winnebago Industries

Winnebago Industries, Inc (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2016-2019 Winnebago Era, Travato, Fuse, View, Trend, Aspect, Paseo, Via, Adventurer, Journey, Tour, and Grand Tour motorhomes. These vehicles have an auxiliary solar charging port circuit that is not fused.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will install an inline 15 amp fuse into the auxiliary solar charging port circuit, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service 1-641-585-6939 or 1-800-537-1885.

Potential number of affected units: 6,700

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.

Winnebago Industries

Winnebago Industries, Inc (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Winnebago Intent vehicles. The cabinet mirror over the driver’s seat may not be properly secured, allowing the mirror to fall while moving.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will install screws to secure the mirror to the overhead cabinet, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-6939 or 1-800-537-1885.

Potential number of affected units: 1,066

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.

Erwin Hymer Group North America

Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc. (Erwin Hymer) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Roadtrek RS Adventurous XL, E-trek XL, RS Adventurous, and E-trek motorhomes equipped with a driver’s side second row captain seat option. The diesel fuel tank may have been damaged while installing the second row seat pedestal.

Erwin Hymer will notify owners, and Mercedes dealers will inspect the diesel fuel tank, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2018. Owners may contact Erwin Hymer customer service at 1-800-663-0066. Erwin Hymer’s number for this recall is 2018-0010.

Potential number of affected units: 33

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.

Erwin Hymer Group North America

Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc. (Erwin Hymer) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Roadtrek Zion motorhomes equipped with a side-facing sofa. Installation of the sofa may have resulted in damage to the vehicle’s rear brake line, possibly reducing braking performance. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 105, “Hydraulic and Electric Brake Systems,” and number 106, “Brake Hoses.”

Erwin Hymer will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake lines and the sofa bolts, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2018. Owners may contact Erwin Hymer customer service at 1-800-663-0066. Erwin Hymer’s number for this recall is 2018-0012.

Potential number of affected units: 291

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 203rd 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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