October 2018 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 2 of 5)

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 20 recall notices during September 2018 for a total of 175 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 31 recall notices during October 2018. These recalls involved 16 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River (9 recalls), Jayco (3 recalls), Keystone RV Company (3 recalls), Entegra Coach (2 recalls), Grand Design RV (2 recall), Winnebago (2 recalls), Highland Ridge RV (1 recall), Cruiser RV (1 recall), Heartland Recreational Vehicles (1 recall), Trail King Industries (1 recall), Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles (1 recall), Erwin Hymer Group North America (1 recall), Gulf Stream Coach (1 recall), Newmar (1 recall), KZRV (1 recall), and Motor Coach Industries (1 recall).

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2019 Jayco White Hawk, Jay Flight, and Jay Flight SLX travel trailers. The axles may be missing inner bearing races on the hubs, which can cause the bearing to burnout or cause the hub to overheat.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the defective hubs with new hubs or replace the axles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 16, 2018. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901410.

Potential number of affected units: 416

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 2019 Jayco Jay Flight travel trailers. The turn signal and brake lights were wired incorrectly causing the lights to work intermittently, preventing other drivers from knowing the intentions of the vehicle. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

Jayco has notified owners, and dealers will correctly wire the rear turn signals and brake lights to the 7-way trailer cord, free of charge. The recall began October 15, 2018. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901408.

Potential number of affected units: 176

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 2019 Jayco Precept and Precept Prestige motorhomes built on a Ford chassis and equipped with 22.5 inch front wheels. The front wheel hub assembly may have wheel studs that were not properly heat treated.

Ford will notify owners, and Ford dealers will inspect the front wheel hub assemblies and studs, and replace the studs as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Ford customers service at 1-866-436-7332 or Jayco customer service at 1-800-517-9137.

Potential number of affected units: 24

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.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2016-2019 Keystone Impact and Fuzion recreational trailers. The wiring for the electric brakes may contact the tires or wheels, causing damage to the wires, potentially reducing the trailer’s braking ability.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wiring for damage, making repairs as necessary, install wiring protection and re-route the wiring, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 19, 2018. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 18-330.

Potential number of affected units: 5,236

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.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2019 Dutchmen Aerolite and Atlas, Keystone Bullet, Laredo, Cougar, Hideout, Passport and Springdale, and Crossroads Sunset fifth wheels and travel trailers. The axles may be missing inner bearing races on the hubs, which can cause the bearing to burnout or cause the hub to overheat.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will inspect axles for hub clearance. If the hub clearance is not sufficient, appropriate parts will be provided to correct the defect, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 11, 2018. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 18-334.

Potential number of affected units: 1,276

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.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2019 Crossroads Cruiser and Volante fifth wheels equipped with Latitude awnings. These vehicles may be equipped with incorrect awning switches that do not prevent the awning motor from rolling out the awning while moving.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will replace the existing awning switch for a switch with a dynamic brake function, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 8, 2018. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 18-333.

Potential number of affected units: 60

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 206th 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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