RV and RV-related recalls for Jan. 2016

RV and RV-related recalls for Jan. 2016

WASHINGTON: Here is our monthly summary of recalled vehicles 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

Allied Recreation Group, Inc. (ARG) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Holiday Rambler Admiral, 2009-2014 Holiday Rambler Ambassador, 2010 Holiday Rambler Arista, 2010-2014 Holiday Rambler Endeavor, 2009-2011 Holiday Rambler Neptune, 2011-2014 Holiday Rambler Vacationer, 2009-2011 Monaco Cayman, 2010-2014 Monaco Diplomat, 2014 Monaco Dynasty, 2009-2014 Monaco Knight, 2012-2013 Monaco LaPalma, 2009-2013 Monaco Monarch, 2009-2011 Monaco Riptide, 2008 Safari Passage, and 2008 Safari Simba motorhomes. The affected vehicles are equipped with certain Lippert-brand Coachstep Double Electric Steps. These steps use a bolt to attach the fan gear assembly to the steps. This bolt may fracture allowing the fan gear to disengage from the steps. As a result, the steps may not remain in the expected position and may be unstable. Unstable entry and exit steps increase the risk of injury. ARG will notify owners and dealers will install a retainer bracket to reinforce the operating mechanism, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact ARG customer service number at 1-800-509-3417. ARG’s number for this recall is 151216REV.

Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain model year 2008 and 2010-2011 Aspire and Anthem motorhomes, 2008 and 2010 Cornerstone motorhomes, 2008 Emblem and Alante motorhomes, and 2009-2011 Insignia motorhomes. The affected vehicles are equipped with certain Lippert-brand Coachstep Double aElectric Steps. These steps use a bolt to attach the fan gear assembly to the steps. This bolt may fracture allowing the fan gear to disengage from the steps. As a result, the steps may not remain in the expected position and may become unstable. Unstable entry and exit steps increase the risk of injury. Entegra will notify owners, and dealers will install a retainer bracket on the double step assemblies. On the trip step assemblies, the Coachstep linkage Assembly will be replaced and a retainer bracket will be installed. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Entegra customer service at 1-800-945-4787, or Lippert customer service at 1-574-537-8900. Entegra’s number for this recall is 9903275.
Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016 Cardinal recreational trailers, model CAF3850RL. The affected vehicles have Federal Certification Placards that list an incorrect gross axle weight from what is actually installed on the vehicle. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.” Incorrect placards may result in improper trailer loading. Improper loading may increase the risk of a crash. Forest River will notify owners and mail them a corrected Federal placard label, free of charge. The recall began on January 13, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-206-7600. Forest River’s number for this recall is 15-12112015-0122.
Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016 Prime Time recreational trailers, models FHT2614X, FHT2910 and FHT2912X, manufactured September 14, 2015, to December 17, 2015. The affected vehicles may be equipped with a Federal Placard that lists an incorrect tire size of ST225/75R15 Load Range E, when the correct tire size is ST225/75R15 Load Range D. The actual tires installed on the trailer have a maximum tire pressure lower than what the placard lists and may be overinflated if filled per the placard specifications. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.” Over inflated tires may result in sudden tire failure and increase the risk of a crash. Forest River will notify owners and will provide a corrected Federal placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 17, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-862-3001. Forest River’s number for this recall is 49-12182015-0124.
Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016 Evo, Salem, Sandstorm, Shockwave, Stealth, and Wildwood recreational trailers. The affected vehicles were mistakenly not equipped with a carbon monoxide detector to warn occupants of elevated levels of carbon monoxide. If occupants are not warned elevated carbon monoxide levels, they are at an increased risk of injury. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will remove the existing Liquid Propane (L.P.) Detector and install a combination L.P./carbon monoxide detector, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 2, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-909-873-3777, extension 53. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-12072015-0119.
Foretravel, Inc. (Foretravel) is recalling certain model year 2008 Nimbus motorhomes manufactured July 9, 2007, to March 25, 2008. The affected vehicles are equipped with certain Lippert-brand Coachstep Double Electric Steps. These steps use a bolt to attach the fan gear assembly to the steps. This bolt may fracture allowing the fan gear to disengage from the steps. As a result, the steps may not remain in the expected position and may be unstable. Unstable entry and exit steps increase the risk of injury. Foretravel will notify owners and dealers will install a retainer bracket to reinforce the operating mechanism, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 22, 2016. Owners may contact Foretravel customer service at 1-936-564-8367, or Lippert customer service at 1-574-537-8900.
Highland Ridge RV (Highland) is recalling certain model year 2015 Open Range fifth wheels and 2015-2016 3X fifth wheels and Highlander travel trailers manufactured May 8, 2014, to December 4, 2015 and equipped with a side vented sewer drainage system termination valve. The affected vehicles may be missing a caution label to inform the operator not to leave the drain valve open to prevent an escape of sewer gas. If the drain valve is left open, sewer gas may fill the recreational vehicle, increasing the risk of occupant injury. Highland will notify owners and send them the missing label, free of charge. The recall began on January 15, 2016. Owners may contact Highland customer service at 1-260-768-7771. Highland’s number for this recall is 9904272.
Jayco Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2016 Alante motorhomes manufactured November 3, 2015, to November 23, 2015. The affected vehicles have forward and rearward facing dinette seats whose seat belts may not have the proper plate to anchor the seat belt brackets. This can allow the seat belt end to detach from the vehicle in the event of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 210, “Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages.” A seat belt that is not properly anchored to the vehicle may not restrain the occupant in a crash, increasing their risk of injury. Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will install the correct seat belt bracket backer plate, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9903273.
Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 1997-2005 Dutch Star and Mountain Aire, 1998-1999 London Aire, 2004 Essex and 1997-1998 Kountry Aire motorhomes. The affected vehicles have a steering gear mounting bracket that may crack, causing a loss of steering ability. A loss of steering increases the risk of a crash. Newmar will notify owners, and Spartan dealers will replace the steering gear mounting brackets, free of charge. The recall began on January 4, 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 15V 633.
Open Range R.V. Company (Open Range) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 3X recreational trailers, model 388RKS, manufactured June 12, 2013, to May 1, 2014, and equipped with a side vented sewer drainage system termination valve. The affected vehicles may be missing a caution label to inform the operator not to leave the drain valve open to prevent an escape of sewer gas. If the drain valve is left open, sewer gas may fill the recreational vehicle, increasing the risk of occupant injury. Open Range will notify owners and send them the missing label, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Open Range customer service at 1-260-768-7771.
Starcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Autumn Ridge, and Solstice fifth wheel trailers manufactured August 12, 2014, to October 16, 2015, and equipped with a side vented sewer drainage system termination valve. The affected vehicles may be missing a caution label to inform the operator not to leave the drain valve open to prevent an escape of sewer gas. If the drain valve is left open, sewer gas may fill the recreational vehicle, increasing the risk of occupant injury. Starcraft will notify owners, and send them the missing label, free of charge. The recall began on January 13, 2016. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787. Starcraft’s number for this recall is 9902274.
Tiffin Motorhomes (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2007-2015 motorhomes manufactured May 1, 2007, to December 31, 2014, equipped with certain Coachstep Double and Triple Electric Steps. The bolt that attaches the fan gear assembly to the steps may fracture allowing the fan gear to disengage from the steps. As a result, the steps may not remain in the expected position and may become unstable. Unstable entry and exit steps increase the risk of injury. Dealers will install a retainer bracket on the double step assemblies and the Coachstep Linkage Assembly will be replaced and a retainer bracket will be installed on the trip step assemblies. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661, or Lippert customer service at 1-574-537-8900.
Tiny Idahomes LLC (Tiny Idahomes) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Clear Creek and Cascade vehicles manufactured May 1, 2014, to December 1, 2015, and 2015-2016 Carpathian vehicles manufactured May 1, 2015, to December 1, 2015, and equipped with certain Atwood on demand water heaters. The affected water heaters have a water and gas valve that may cause the water heater to overheat the water in the hot water supply tap. The overheating of the water may result in the release of steam, possibly causing the operator is to scald themselves and increasing the risk of injury. Tiny Idahomes will notify owners and Atwood dealers will remedy the hot water heater issue, free of charge. The recall began on January 6, 2016. Owners may contact Tiny Idahomes customer service at 1-208-468-0576, or Atwood customer service at 1-574-264-2131.
Triple E Recreational Vehicles (Triple E) is recalling certain model year 2014 Regency GT 24MB motorhomes manufactured September 1, 2013, to December 1, 2013, equipped with certain Atwood on demand water heaters. The affected water heaters have a water and gas valve that may cause the water heater to overheat the water in the hot water supply tap. The overheating of the water may result in the release of steam, possibly causing the operator is to scald themselves, increasing the risk of injury. Triple E will notify owners and Atwood dealers will remedy the hot water heater issue, free of charge. The recall began on January 8, 2016. Owners may contact Triple E customer service at 1-204-325-4361, or Atwood customer service at 1-574-264-2131. Triple E’s number for this recall is Atwood Water Heater.
Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Winnebago Sightseer, Vista, and Adventurer motorhomes manufactured August 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015, and 2015-2016 Itasca Sunova, Sunstar, and Suncruiser motorhomes manufactured August 1, 2014, through August 31, 2015. The affected vehicles have electrically operated entry/exit steps that may extend down and out while the vehicle is moving. If the steps extend while the vehicle is being driven, the steps may strike a person or another vehicle, increasing the risk of injury or a crash. Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will replace the step switch connections at no charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-3535.

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OTHER VEHICLES

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured December 3, 2009, to September 1, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor may short circuit, after having been remedied for a prior recall for the vanity lamp wiring. This recall is also addressing certain vehicles that have not been remedied under that prior recall. The vanity lamp wiring may short, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire. Chrysler will notify owners. The remedy plan is still being developed. 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 R71.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2015 Jeep Compass and Patriot vehicles manufactured January 1, 2015, to May 11, 2015. During assembly, the power steering hose retention clamp may have been installed at an incorrect location, resulting in the detachment of the low pressure return hose. If the power steering fluid return hose detaches, it would leak fluid and increase the risk of a fire. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the return power steering hose clamp, repositioning the clamp as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on February 5, 2016. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is R68.
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2015 Ram ProMaster vans manufactured October 1, 2014, to June 17, 2015. The affected vehicles have an ignition switch that may experience an intermittent loss of electrical contact. An intermittent loss of contact can result in a vehicle stall and/or a partial or complete loss of the air bags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and/or instrument panel cluster. Loss of functionality of these systems may increase the risk of crash and/or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch contact holder block, free of charge. Owners were sent interim notices on January 8, 2015. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is R64.
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew trucks manufactured January 22, 2015, to March 17, 2015. The affected vehicles may be equipped with driver or front passenger seat belt anchorage assemblies whose pretensioner cable was not properly crimped. As a result, the seat belts may not properly restrain the seat occupant in the event of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 209, “Seat Belt Assemblies” and 210, ” Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages.” An occupant that is not be properly restrained is at an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver and/or front passenger side seat belt retractor(s) and pretensioner(s), free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 8, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 15C17.
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks manufactured April 15, 2015, to December 15, 2015, and equipped with rear air suspension. In the affected vehicles, the rear brake hoses may contact and chafe on the rear axle housing while driving. A chafed rear brake line may result in an air leak, reducing the rear braking ability and increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install revised rear brake air chambers and replace any damaged rear air brake lines, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during January 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 15S38.
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured September 24, 2014, to May 29, 2015. In the affected vehicles, one of the driver-side seat belt assembly bolts may not be properly tightened. An insufficiently torqued bolt may prevent the seat belt from holding the required load in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the bolts, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM’s number for this recall is 15777.
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pick up trucks manufactured October 13, 2015, to October 14, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the mounting stud used to secure the air bag sensing and diagnostic Module (SDM) may be incorrectly positioned, and as a result, the SDM housing could fracture. If the SDM housing fractures, water may get into SDM causing it to malfunction and hinder the proper deployment of the air bags in the event of a crash, thereby increasing the risk of occupant injury. GM will notify owners, and dealers will have the mounting stud repositioned and the SDM replaced, free of charge. The recall began in December 2015. 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 15794.
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured November 6, 2015, to November 12, 2015. The affected vehicles have a the third row left lower seat frame that may have welds that are not in the correction location. If the seat frame is not welded in the correct places, the seat may not perform as intended, and in the event of a crash, the seat occupant could be at an increased risk of injury. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the third row left side lower seat frame, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 29, 2016. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782 or Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300. GM’s number for this recall is 21930.
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Elantra vehicles manufactured October 29, 2010, to October 25, 2011. Due to an electronic stability control (ESC) sensor malfunction, the brakes for one or more wheels may be applied unexpectedly and the engine power may be reduced. These symptoms will be accompanied by illumination of the ESC indicator lamp in the instrument cluster. If the one or more of the brakes are inappropriately applied, control of the vehicle may be lost, increasing the risk of a crash. Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will verify the proper operation of the ESC sensors, and update the ESC system’s calibration, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 19, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 137.


TIRES AND EQUIPMENT

H&H Trailers, LLC (H&H) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 GCA Golf Car Trailers, AMS Bike Trailers, RSA Rail Side Single Axle Utility Trailers, RSA Rail Side Tandem Axle Utility Trailers, SSA Solid Side Single Axle Utility Trailers, and SSA Solid Side Tandem Axle Utility Trailers manufactured November 1, 2014, to October 16, 2015. The affected trailers may be equipped with aluminum gate hinges that may bend and possibly break. If the hinge breaks, the gate may open unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. H&H will notify owners, and dealers will replace the hinges, free of charge. The recall began on January 13, 2016. Owners may contact H&H customer service at .

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (Cooper) is recalling certain Cooper Zeon LTZ tires size 275/55R20 XL Extra Load tubeless tires manufactured September 1, 2015, to September 14, 2015. The affected tires may experience tread cracking or tread lug chunking during use. As such, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 139, “New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles.” Tread cracking or tread lug chunking may cause a loss of tire pressure, increasing the risk of a crash. Cooper will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2016. Owners may contact Cooper customer service at . Cooper’s number for this recall is 161.

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. 

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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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