RV and RV-related recalls for August 2016

RV and RV-related recalls for August 2016

 

WASHINGTON: Here is our monthly summary of RV recalls for August 2016 and related equipment we feel are of interest to our readers. This information has been gleaned from the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. This is NOT a complete list of all vehicles and related equipment recalled.

 

 

 

UNITED STATES RECALLS

RECREATION VEHICLES

Cruiser RV (Cruiser) is recalling certain model year 2017 Shadow Cruiser, Fun Finder, MPG, Radiance, South Fork, and Stryker recreational trailers. The affected vehicles have an LED light on the front cap of the camper that may short circuit and overheat. If the light overheats there would be an increased risk of a fire. Cruiser will notify owners, and dealers will replace the light with one that has built-in voltage protection. The recall is expected to begin on September 26, 2016. Owners may contact Cruiser customer service at 1-260-562-3500.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2017 Spartan Toyhaulers, model STF3712X, manufactured March 31, 2016, to June 17, 2016. The Federal Certification Label incorrectly states that the vehicle has a third axle with two extra tires, however, the vehicle is only equipped with two axles and four tires. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.” If the owner follows the information on the Federal Placard Label, the operator may overload the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install corrected Federal Placards, free of charge. The recall began on July 27, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-862-3033. Forest River’s number for this recall is 61-03032016-0211.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Charleston vehicles manufactured September 16, 2013, to December 10, 2015 and assembled on a Freightliner chassis built by Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). The throttle pedal position sensor on the affected vehicles may not return to zero, causing the engine brake to suddenly not activate as expected, reducing the vehicle’s deceleration ability. A sudden loss of an engine brake without warning on a motorhome may lead to a reduced brake capacity, potentially increasing the risk of a crash. Forest River will notify owners, and Daimler Trucks North America dealers will replace the pedal, free of charge. The recall is began on August 4, 2016. Owners may contact Daimler Trucks Customer Service Department at 1-800-547-0712 or by E-mail at DTNA.Warranty.Campaigns@Daimler.com. Forest River’s number for this recall is 40-06202016-0214.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2015-2017 Forest River Orion recreational vehicles manufactured January 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016; 2014 Rockport work and delivery trucks manufactured on January 29, 2016; and 2015-2017 Forest River Rev recreational vehicles manufactured December 10, 2014, to June 30, 2016. These vehicles are built on a Chrysler RAM ProMaster chassis and are equipped with a Trailer Tow Lighting Control Module that may have a software error which can prevent illumination of the trailer brake lights during brake actuation. 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.” Trailer brake lights that are inoperative can increase the risk of a crash. Forest River will notify owners, and RAM dealers will replace the Trailer Tow Light Control Module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 26, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-800-348-7440, or RAM customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Forest River’s number for this recall is 210-06282016-0216.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Surveyor recreational trailers, model SVT226RLDS, manufactured October 9, 2015, to June 9, 2016. The affected vehicles have a Federal Placard that incorrectly classifies the vehicle as a school bus. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.” If the vehicle is misclassified on the label, it can cause the vehicle to be overloaded, increasing the risk of a crash. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the incorrect Federal Placard with a corrected placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 16, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-800-348-7440. Forest River’s number for this recall is 37-07142016-0224.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2017 Rockwood and Flagstaff trailers manufactured July 8, 2016, to July 11, 2016. The affected vehicles are equipped with a Federal Placard that incorrectly indicates that the ST225/75R15D tires have a recommended pressure of 50 PSI. These tires should be maintained at 65PSI. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.” If the tires are run at a low pressure, they may overheat and fail, possibly causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will provide a corrected Federal Placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 16, 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-2640. Forest River’s number for this recall is 10-07192016-0230.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2017 Coachmen Freedom Express recreational vehicles, models FET28SE, FET282BHDS, FET282BHDSLE, FET281RLDS, FET281RLDSLE, FET29SE, FET292BHDS and FET292BHDSLE, manufactured May 16, 2016, to July 19, 2016. These vehicles may have insufficient space between the slideroom driveshaft and the driver’s side tires, causing the tires to rub. If the driveshaft rubs against the tires, tire failure may result, possibly causing a loss of control and increasing the risk of a crash. A remedy plan has not yet been determined. The recall is expected to begin September 16, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-825-8205. Forest River’s number for this recall is 220-07192016-0229.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2013-2017 Dynamax and Coachmen Pursuit recreational vehicles and 2016-2017 Freelander and Orion recreational vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with shower curtains that may not adequately resist catching fire in the presence of an ignition source. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 302, “Flammability of Interior Materials.” A flammable shower curtain may further fuel a fire, increasing the risk of injury. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shower curtains with curtains made with fire retardant, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 16, 2016. Owners may contact Dynamax customer service at 1-574-262-3474, Pursuit customer service at 1-574-825-8305 (east of the Mississippi) or 1-574-825-8317 (west of the Mississippi) and Freelander or Orion customer service at 1-574-825-8602. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-07152016-0225.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2017 Cherokee travel trailers, models CCKT16BHS, CCKT16FQ and CCKT17CJ, manufactured April 15, 2016, to July 28, 2016. The affected vehicles may have insufficient clearance between the bottom of the trailer and the top of the tire and, during use, the tire may make contact, possibly damaging the tire. A damaged tire may unexpectedly deflate, causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a bolt on lift kit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 26, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-260-593-4005. Forest River’s number for this recall is 17C-07292016-0234.

 



 

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Wilderness and Mallard travel trailers, 2015-2017 Elkridge fifth wheel travel trailers, and 2017 Sundance and Torque travel trailers. The affected vehicles have an LED light on the front cap of the camper that may short circuit and overheat. If the light overheats there would be an increased risk of a fire. Heartland will notify owners, and dealers will replace the light with one that has built-in voltage protection. The recall is expected to begin on September 26, 2016. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032.

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2013-2017 Redhawk motorhomes manufactured August 1, 2012, to June 24, 2016. The affected vehicles are equipped with shower curtains that may not adequately resist catching fire in the presence of an ignition source. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 302, “Flammability of Interior Materials.” A flammable shower curtain may further fuel a fire, increasing the risk of injury. Jayco has notified owners, and dealers will replace the shower curtains with curtains made with fire retardant, free of charge. The recall began August 11, 2016. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9903318.

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Alante and Precept motorhomes manufactured October 13, 2014, to June 23, 2016. The affected vehicles have a driver seat that may loosen and detach from the seat base as a result of the seat having been swiveled around. If the seat detaches from the seat base while vehicle is being driven, the operator may lose control, increasing the risk of a crash. Jayco has notified owners, and dealers will install a jam nut on top of the seat base nut, free of charge. The recall began on August 16, 2016. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9903310.

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Jay Feather, Jay Flight, Jay Flight SLX, Eagle, White Hawk, and Octane travel trailers manufactured January 5, 2016, to July 18, 2016, equipped with a Sway Command anti-sway system. When connected to certain tow vehicles that have an integrated brake controller, and after the anti-sway system has applied the trailer brakes in response to a sway event, the trailer brakes may no longer function to slow or stop the trailer. A loss of trailer brakes may lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle and cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will remove the Sway Command system from the affected travel trailers, free of charge. The recall began on August 3, 2016. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901308.


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Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2017 Dutchmen Voltage toy hauler fifth wheel trailers manufactured March 11, 2016, to June 14, 2016. The affected vehicles were incorrectly built with a 18,000 lb rated fifth wheel pin box hitch instead of a 21,000 lb rated hitch. If the vehicle is loaded to a weight greater than 18,000 lbs, the pin box can fail, possibly resulting in the trailer separating from the tow vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash. Keystone notified owners, and dealers will remove and replace the pin box inner with one rated for 21,000 lbs, free of charge. The recall began on August 5, 2016. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 16-259.

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 1998-2010 Dutch Star, 2008 Kountry Star, 2008-2009 All Star and Ventana, 2009-2010 Dutch Aire, 2014-2015 King Aire and 2015 Essex motorhomes, built on a Spartan Motors chassis. In the affected vehicles, the flexible exhaust tube may tear allowing hot exhaust to blow against other components or materials. If hot exhaust gas contacts other components or materials, it can increase the risk of a fire. Newmar will notify owners, and Spartan dealers will inspect the alignment of the tubes, correcting them and replacing any that are torn. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on August 29, 2016. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300 or Spartan customer service at 1-800-543-4277. Newmar’s number for this recall is 16V 313.

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Dutch Star and Mountain Aire and 2015-2016 London Aire and Essex motorhomes manufactured January 28, 2013, to December 14, 2015 and built on a Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) chassis. The throttle pedal position sensor on the affected vehicles may not return to zero, causing the engine brake to suddenly not activate as expected, reducing the vehicle’s deceleration ability. A sudden loss of an engine brake without warning on a motorhome may lead to a reduced brake capacity, potentially increasing the risk of a crash. Newmar will notify owners, and DTNA dealers will replace the throttle pedal, free of charge. The recall began on August 5, 2016. Owners may contact Newmar Customer Service Department at 1-800-731-8300 or Daimler Trucks North America LLC at 1-800-547-0712, or by e-mail at DTNA.Warranty.Campaigns@Daimler.com. Newmar’s number for this recall is 16V 321.

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2017 Ventana, Ventana VL, and Dutch Star motorhomes manufactured November 1, 2015, to June 24, 2016 and built on a Freightliner Custom Chassis. In the affected vehicles, when the windshield wipers are turned off, the headlights may also turn off. Additionally, the wiper arms may stop in an incorrect location blocking the driver’s view, and the wiper motor may stall when under load. If the headlights go out or the wiper system does not operate properly, the driver’s visibility may be adversely affected, increasing the risk of a crash. Newmar will notify owners, and Freightliner dealers will update the wiper software, free of charge. The recall began on July 28, 2016. Owners may contact Newmar Customer Service Department at 1-800-731-8300.

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2017 Dutch Star, Mountain Aire, London Aire, Essex, and King Aire motorhomes manufactured December 4, 2015, to July 5, 2016. The affected vehicles have front fascia wood trim that may separate from the slide out and possibly contact the driver or a passenger. If the fascia separates and contacts the driver or a passenger, a loss of vehicle control may result, increasing the risk of a crash. Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will secure the trim with screws, free of charge. The recall began on August 16, 2016. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.


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Starcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 AR-ONE Maxx travel trailers and fifth wheels manufactured May 4, 2015, to June 27, 2016. The affected vehicles may be equipped with a Federal Label with incorrect tire information, and as a result, the owner could replace the tire with an incorrect size. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.” If the tire is replaced with an incorrect tire size, vehicle handling could be affected, increasing the risk of a crash. Starcraft will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected Federal and Tire label, free of charge. The recall began on August 5, 2016. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787. Starcraft’s number for this recall is 9902307.

Thor Motor Coach (Thor) is recalling certain model year 2012-2017 Ace, 2013 Citation, 2012-2013 Siesta and 2017 Four Winds and Road Bear Rental motorhomes. The affected vehicles are equipped with shower curtains that may not adequately resist catching fire in the presence of an ignition source. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 302, “Flammability of Interior Materials.” A flammable shower curtain may further fuel a fire, increasing the risk of injury. Thor will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shower curtains with curtains made with fire retardant, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 15, 2016. Owners may contact Thor customer service at 1-877-500-1020. Thor’s number for this recall is RC000121.

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain model year 2017 Outlaw motorhomes manufactured January 15, 2016, to June 24, 2016. The affected vehicles are missing a warning label near the fuel fill station. This label warns operators not to smoke while in the presence of flammable vapors. An operator that smokes near the fuel fill station with flammable vapors present can increase the risk of a fire. TMC will notify owners, and dealers will install the warning label, free of charge. The recall began on August 9, 2016. Owners may contact TMC’s Customer Service Department at 1-877-500-1020. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000120.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Allegro, Allegro Bus, Phaeton, and Zephyr motorhomes, 2007-2010 Allegro Bay motorhomes, and 2010-2011 Allegro Breeze motorhomes. The windshield wiper arms on the affected vehicles may break off. If the windshield wiper arms break, the driver’s visibility may be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash. Tiffin will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiper blade arms, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661. Tiffin’s number for this recall is TIFF-100.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Breeze motorhomes manufactured July 7, 2015, to June 14, 2016. The affected vehicles have air compressors attached to the engine that may fail due to debris from manufacturing being left in the air intake tube. Failure of the air compressor may result in the inability to maintain air pressure while driving which would cause the parking brake to set unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. Tiffin will notify owners, and Cummins certified technicians will inspect the air compressor for debris. Engines with no damage will have a new air intake tube installed. Engines with foreign material damage will be repaired by a Cummins certified technician, and have the air intake tube, charge air cooler, and air filter replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661. Tiffin’s number for this recall is TIF-101.

Triple E Recreational Vehicles (Triple E) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Unity recreational vehicles, models U24TB and U24IB, manufactured March 1, 2016, to June 9, 2016. The Truma propane water heater line on the affected vehicles may be damaged from items moving within the lower storage compartment, causing the line to rupture and allow propane gas to leak out. A propane gas leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. Triple E will notify owners, and dealers will reposition the protective cleat for the gas line, free of charge. The recall began on August 15, 2016. Owners may contact Triple E customer service at 1-877-992-9906. Triple E’s number for this recall is CA#8349-1.

Winnebago Industries, Inc (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2017 Winnebago View, and Itasca Navion motor coaches manufactured November 16, 2015, to June 23, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the grommet around the liquid propane (LP) line may not be properly sealed to prevent carbon monoxide and/or LP gas from entering the living quarters. If carbon monoxide or LP gas enters the living quarters, it can increase the risk of illness or death to the occupants. Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will apply sealant to the grommet opening to seal the LP line, free of charge. The recall began on August 5, 2016. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-800-537-1885. Winnebago’s number for this recall is 141.


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OTHER VEHICLES

American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2016 Civic 2-Door vehicles manufactured February 23, 2016, through May 20, 2016. The affected vehicles may have a damaged LED side marker light circuit board inside the taillight assembly, making the marker light inoperable. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Assoc. Equipment.” If a side marker light does not function, vehicle visibility can be decreased to other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect both the taillight assemblies, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2016. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s number for this recall is KB8.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and 2015 Chrysler 200, Jeep Renegade and RAM ProMaster vehicles equipped with 9-speed automatic transmissions. The transmission sensor clusters may have insufficient crimps in the transmission wire harness, and as a result, the transmission may unexpectedly shift to neutral. If the vehicle unexpectedly shifts to neutral, there is an increased risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, dealers will update the transmission software to prevent the transmission from shifting into neutral due to a faulty crimp, free of charge. The remedy is currently unavailable. Interim notices were mailed to owners on August 24, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when the remedy becomes available. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is S55.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2015 RAM 2500 trucks, and RAM 3500 trucks and cab chassis. The affected vehicles may have inadequate welds securing the front track bar frame brackets, possibly resulting in the bracket components separating from the frame. If the bracket components separate from the frame, the vehicle may have a reduced response to steering input, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will weld on a new track bar frame bracket or replace the frame of the vehicle, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is S58.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured July 31, 2015, to April 18, 2016, 2016 Dodge Journey vehicles manufactured August 17, 2015, to January 29, 2016, and 2016 RAM ProMaster vehicles manufactured August 15, 2016, to April 15, 2016. The transmission pump may seize causing a loss of hydraulic pressure. If the transmission loses hydraulic pressure, the vehicle may lose motive power, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission pump, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 18, 2016. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is S44.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Jeep Renegade vehicles manufactured August 25, 2014, to June 25, 2016, equipped with a factory-installed optional trailer hitch package. The trailer hitch assembly may have been attached with only a single fastener per side, not three per side as required. Without the proper amount of fasteners, the trailer hitch assembly may separate from the vehicle, and any towed vehicle may no longer be properly connected, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install two additional fasteners per side, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is S62.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2016 Ram 3500 trucks manufactured July 24, 2015, through January 7, 2016, and 2016 Ram 4500/5500 trucks manufactured July 24, 2015, through October 8, 2015. The transfer case may have been manufactured with a misshapen main output shaft, creating voids that may cause a shaft fracture. If the main output shaft fractures, the vehicle may lose motive power, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, the driver may be unable to place the vehicle in PARK, increasing the risk of a vehicle rollaway. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transfer case, free of charge. The recall began on August 11, 2016. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is S48.

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the ball joints in the windshield wiper module may corrode and wear over time, possibly resulting in one or both of the windshield wipers becoming inoperative. Inoperative windshield wipers may reduce the driver’s visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM’s number for this recall is 25302.

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016 Cruze vehicles manufactured November 5, 2015, to May 26, 2016. The headlight assemblies are not marked with a three-digit identifier code used to properly aim the headlights. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Assoc. Equipment.” Without the identification code, the headlights may be improperly aimed during service, reducing nighttime visibility and increasing the risk of a crash. GM will mail owners instructions and adhesive labels, with the correct code, to install on their headlight assemblies. Owners may also bring the vehicle to a GM dealership for any assistance with applying the label, free of charge. The recall began on August 11, 2016. Owners may contact Chevrolet Customer Service Department at 1-800-222-1020. GM’s number for this recall is 50190.

Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model 2013 Elantra vehicles manufactured December 1, 2012, to April 30, 2013. The brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate allowing the brake light switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released. If the brake light switch plunger does not retract as it should when the brake pedal is not being pressed, the brake lights may stay illuminated preventing accurate communication to following vehicles that the vehicle is slowing or stopping. Additionally, if the brake switch plunger is not retracted, then the transmission can be shifted out of PARK without depressing the brake pedal. Either condition increases the risk of a crash. Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake pedal stopper pad with an improved part, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on September 30, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 146.

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2016 Sorento vehicles. A component of the rear suspension may not be properly welded. The improper weld may break, affecting the rear suspension alignment, thereby increasing the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the welds at the rear suspension cross-member, replacing the rear cross-member assembly, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began July 27, 2016. Owners may contact Kia Customer Service Department at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC137.

Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2007-2012 Mazda CX-7 vehicles manufactured February 14, 2006, to May 9, 2012. In the affected vehicles, water may enter the front suspension ball joint fittings. If the water is contaminated with salt, such as from driving on snowy roads that have been treated, the ball joint may corrode and separate from the lower control arm, resulting in a loss of steering control. A loss of steering control can increase the risk of a crash. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front lower control arms, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Mazda will send interim notices to owners beginning around October 10, 2016. Follow-up notices will be sent when remedy parts are available. As a priority, Mazda will first address all affected 2007-2008 vehicles as well as 2009-2011 vehicles currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia. West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. The remaining vehicles will be addressed when parts are available. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda’s number for this recall is 9716H.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Outlander Sport vehicles and 2016 Outlander and Lancer vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a constant velocity transmission (CVT) that, in certain driving conditions, may cause a delay in the vehicle accelerating. A hesitation during acceleration can increase the risk of a crash. MMNA has notified owners, and dealers will reprogram the CVT control unit with modified software, free of charge. The recall began on August 15, 2016. Owners may contact MMNA customer service at 1-888-648-7820. MMNA’s number for this recall is SR-16-006.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling certain model year 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured June 25, 2014, through November 25, 2015 and equipped with a 2.0L engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). During assembly, a clamp for a CVT hose may not have been properly secured, allowing the hose to detach and leak transmission fluid. If enough transmission fluid leaks out, the transmission may not function properly and the vehicle may become inoperable, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, if leaking transmission fluid contacts an a hot surface there is an increased risk of a fire. Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the hose clamps, correcting their installation, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi’s number for this recall is SR-16-005.

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2006-2011 Toyota RAV4 vehicles manufactured October 31, 2005, to September 7, 2010, and 2010 Lexus HS250h vehicles manufactured July 6, 2009, to August 26, 2010. The affected vehicles have rear suspension arms (rear tie rods) with adjusting lock nuts that may have been improperly tightened after servicing. As a result of being loose, the arm may have thread damage and may rust, possibly leading to the failure of the arm and an abrupt change in the vehicle’s alignment. Failure of the rear tie rod could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners and dealers will replace both rear suspension arms and encapsulate the locknuts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 30, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota’s numbers for this recall are G0V for Toyota vehicles and GLK for Lexus vehicles. Note: This recall supersedes recall 13V-383, in which some vehicles were only inspected, sealed, and did not have both arms replaced. The affected vehicles were previously recalled under 13V-383, but did not have both rear suspension arms replaced at that time. Those vehicles need to have both arms replaced as part of this recall remedy.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2016 CC vehicles manufactured January 12, 2016, to February 3, 2016, Golf R and Tiguan vehicles manufactured November 25, 2015, to January 28, 2016, and e-Golf vehicles manufactured November 25, 2015, to January 11, 2016. Vibrations, such as those created by opening and closing a vehicle door, may cause the rear child door locks to disengage, allowing a child to open a rear door while inside the vehicle. If an unrestrained child unexpectedly opens a door, they may fall from the vehicle increasing their risk of injury. Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect, and if necessary, replace the child lock(s), free of charge. The recall began on August 22, 2016. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 58C9.


OTHER EQUIPMENT

Vee Tyre and Rubber Co., Ltd (Vee) is recalling certain Taiga M/T tires, size LT225/75R16, manufactured January 8, 2015, to March 1, 2015. The sidewall of the affected tires may blister and the interliner may separate, compromising the integrity of the tires at high speeds. As such, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 139, “New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles.” If the sidewall blisters or interliner separates it may cause a tire blow out at high speeds, increasing the risk of a crash. Vee has successfully quarantined the affected tires. The recall began on May 25, 2016. Owners may contact Vee customer service at 1-212-564-7575.

 

Please note: This is only a list of recalls we feel may be of interest to the RVing community. There may be other recalls which may affect you — please make it a point to visit appropriate government sources for more information.


What is a recall?
When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a car or item of motor vehicle equipment creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that car or equipment at no cost to the consumer. That can be done by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund (for equipment) or, in rare cases, repurchasing the car.

What should I do if my vehicle is included in this recall?
If your vehicle is included in this recall, it is very important that you get it fixed as soon as possible given the potential danger to you and your passengers if it is not addressed. You should receive a separate letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, notifying you of the recall and explaining when the remedy will be available, whom to contact to repair your vehicle or equipment, and to remind you that the repair will be done at no charge to you. If you believe your vehicle is included in the recall, but you do not receive a letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, please call NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or contact your vehicle manufacturer or dealership.

Thank you for your attention to this important safety matter and for your commitment to helping save lives on America’s roadways.

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