October 2018 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 5 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).

Erwin Hymer Group North America

Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc. (Erwin Hymer) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Hymer Aktiv and Aktiv 2.0, Carado Axion and Banff and Roadtrek Simplicity, Simplicity SRT, Zion and Zion SRT motorhomes. The undermount generator may overcharge the auxiliary batteries, damaging them.

Erwin Hymer has notified owners, and dealers will install a new internal voltage regulator into the generator, free of charge. The recall began on October 24, 2018. Owners may contact Erwin Hymer customer service at 1-800-663-0066.

Potential number of affected units: 172

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.

Gulf Stream Coach

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. (Gulf Stream) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Gulf Stream Conquest and B Touring Cruiser motorhomes. These vehicles have an auxiliary solar charging port circuit that is not fused.

Gulf Stream will notify owners, and dealers will install circuit protection, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 25, 2018. Owners may contact Gulf Stream customer service at 1-800-482-6456, extension 5208. Gulf Stream’s number for this recall is 10112018.

Potential number of affected units: 605

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 2019 Newmar Dutch Star motorhomes. The brake pedal assembly may catch on the dash, preventing the brake pedal from fully releasing. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 105, “Hydraulic and Electric Brake Systems.”

Newmar has notified owners, and dealers will reroute the brake adjustment cable, free of charge. The recall began November 3, 2018. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

Potential number of affected units: 123

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 Sonic 190VRB travel trailers. The liquid propane (LP) manifold may be located close to the axle tube, which can result in damage to the manifold, causing a leak.

KZRV will notify owners, and dealers will relocate the LP manifold, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 19, 2018. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016, extension 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2018-09.

Potential number of affected units: 335

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.

Airstream

Airstream, Inc. (Airstream) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Airstream Atlas vehicles. In the event of a fire, the accordion screen door screen material may burn quicker than allowed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 302, “Flammability of Interior Materials.”

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin November 30, 2018. Owners may contact Airstream customer service at 1-877-596-6505 or 1-937-596-6111, extensions 7401 or 7411.

Potential number of affected units: 103

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.

Motor Coach Industries

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is recalling certain 2018-2019 MCI J4500 motorcoaches with the 60 passenger seating option. These vehicles may have an insufficient number of emergency egress windows, inhibiting passenger exit in the event of an emergency. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 217, “Bus Emergency Exits and Window Retention and Release.”

MCI will notify owners, and dealers will replace a non-egress window on each side of the vehicle to an egress window and install the proper emergency exit window labels, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 5, 2018. Owners may contact MCI customer service at 1-800-241-2947. MCI’s number for this recall is FCP 468.

Potential number of affected units: 37

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 209th 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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