November 2018 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 3 of 3)


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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 31 recall notices during October 2018 for a total of 206 for the year. Note that with two more months to report in 2018, the number of recalls during all of 2017 has already been exceeded.

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 14 recall notices during November 2018. These recalls involved 7 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Thor Motor Coach (4 recalls), Forest River (3 recalls), Grand Design RV (2 recalls), Keystone RV Company (2 recalls), Riverside Travel Trailer (1 recall), Heartland Recreational Vehicles (1 recall), and Triple E Recreational Vehicles (1 recall)

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2019 Crossroads Cruiser recreational trailers with the water heater installed under the slide out. The exhaust location for the water heater may result in carbon monoxide or propane gas entering the living quarters.

The affected vehicles are still in dealer inventory and Keystone will relocate the water heater, free of charge. Owner letters will not be sent. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 18-335.

Potential number of affected units: 7

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 Keystone Montana recreational trailers with the Legacy package. The fasteners that secure the disc brake assembly may fail.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake disc mounting fasteners, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 30, 2018. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 18-336.

Potential number of affected units: 98

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.

Riverside Travel Trailer

Riverside Travel Trailer, Inc. (Riverside) is recalling one 2018 Riverside Dream recreational trailer equipped with a Solera Smart Arm Awning. The awning may deploy while moving.

Riverside will notify the owner, and a dealer will replace the awning controller, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Riverside customer service at 1-765-472-3920.

Potential number of affected units: 1

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.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain 2019 Heartland Pioneer recreational trailers, model BH280. A flexible liquid propane (LP) hose was installed on the outside cooktop running into the firebox of the stove instead of a rigid metal tube supply line.

Heartland will notify owners, and dealers will replace the flexible LP hose inside the firebox with a rigid metal one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 21, 2018. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99.01.41.

Potential number of affected units: 368

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.

Triple E Recreational Vehicles

Triple E Recreational Vehicles (Triple E) is recalling certain 2019 Triple E Unity motorhomes, models U24MB, U24CBB, U24TB, U24IX and U24FX. The driver-side front trans-mount leveling jack support bracket may contact the brake line causing a brake fluid leak, thereby reducing braking ability.

Triple E will notify owners, and dealers will relocate the leveling jack support bracket, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2018. Owners may contact Triple E customer service at 1-877-992-9906. Triple E’s number for this recall is CA#9146-1.

Potential number of affected units: 78

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 212th 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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