RV and RV-related recalls for Mar. 2016

RV and RV-related recalls for Mar. 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

DS Corp DBA Crossroads RV (Crossroads) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Z1 Lite travel trailers manufactured January 2, 2016, to February 4, 2016. The affected trailers are equipped with a Suburban furnace, model #NT-20SEQ, that may have an exhaust cover that incorrectly identifies the hot exhaust tube location. If the cover indicates the wrong hot tube location, someone may unexpectedly touch the hot exhaust tube, increasing their risk of injury. Additionally, if a plastic return tube was installed there is an increased risk of fire. Crossroads will notify owners, and dealers will replace the exhaust cover, free of charge. The recall began on February 26, 2016. Owners may contact Crossroads customer service at 1-855-226-7496. Crossroad’s number for this recall is 40-2015.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Dynamax Rev recreational vehicles manufactured from April 1, 2015, through February 15, 2016, and 2016-2017 Coachman Orion recreational vehicles manufactured from May 18, 2015, through December 10, 2015. These vehicles, built on RAM ProMaster chassis, have an ignition switch that may have 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 air bags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and/or instrument panel cluster. Loss of functionality with any of these safety systems can increase the risk of crash and/or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Forest River will notify owners, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) dealers will replace the ignition switch contact holder block, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on April 29, 2016. Owners may call the FCA Recall Assistance Center at 1-800-853-1403 or contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-262-3474. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-022242016-0138.
Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016 Coachmen Galleria motorhomes manufactured from October 30, 2015, through February 15, 2016. The Federal Placards on the affected vehicles incorrectly list the number of seatbelts as zero. Additionally, the placards did not factor in the fresh water capacity in the vehicle weight calculation and the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is missing from the label. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.” Without the GVWR listed on the label, the operator may overload the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected Federal Placard, free of charge. The recall began on March 3, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service 1-574-825-8628. Forest River’s number for this recall is 225-02102016-0134.
Highland Ridge RV (Highland) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Highland Toy Hauler, Light, Mesa Ridge, and Roamer travel and fifth wheel trailers manufactured May 6, 2014, to August 31, 2015. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating calculation on the label may be incorrect, which can allow the vehicle to be overloaded. If the vehicle is overloaded due to incorrect Weight Rating information on the label, tire failure may result, increasing the risk of a crash. Highland will notify owners and will provide a corrected label, free of charge. One model, the HT31RGR Highland Toy Hauler, will require two heavier axles installed and five larger tires as well. These repairs will be provided free of charge. The recall began on March 22, 2016. Owners may contact Highland customer service at 1-260-768-7771. Highland’s number for this recall is 9904283.
Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2016 Eagle Half Ton fifth wheels and Eagle travel trailers manufactured April 8, 2015, to February 19, 2016. In the affected trailers, the positive cable (B+) connecting the battery box to the roof-mounted solar panel preparation package may not be protected by a circuit breaker. Without circuit protection, the wire may short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire. Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will tie the unprotected circuit into a 30 amp circuit breaker, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2016. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901286.
Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2016 Sprinter vehicles manufactured July 28, 2015, to November 19, 2015, and equipped with a Haier television, model 55E2500, mounted to the wall. These televisions may break off of the wall mounting inside the vehicle. If the television falls while people are in the vehicle, there would be an increased risk of injury. Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will replace the television, free of charge. The recall began February 23, 2016. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 16-247.
Open Range R.V. Company (Open Range) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Mesa Ridge and Roamer trailers, and 2013-2014 Light trailers manufactured March 23, 2011, to March 20, 2014. In the affected fifth wheel and travel trailers, the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) calculation on the label may be incorrect, which may result in the overloading of the vehicles. If the owners load the trailers based on the incorrect labels, the trailers may be overloaded, resulting in tire failure, and increasing the risk of a crash. Open Range will notify owners and will provide a label with the corrected weight information, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during March 2016. Owners may contact Highland customer service at 1-260-768-7771. Open Range’s number for this recall is 9905283.
Starcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2016 Solstice and Travel Star fifth wheel trailers manufactured July 31, 2015, to September 14, 2015, and equipped with 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 to scald themselves, increasing the risk of injury. Starcraft will notify owners, and dealers will install a water flow adjustment stop key that prevents the recall condition from occurring, free of charge. The recall began on March 9, 2016. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787. Starcraft’s number for this recall is 9902282.
Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Hurricane and Windsport motor homes manufactured January 30, 2013, to March 6, 2015. In the affected motor homes, the vehicle exhaust is located near a storage compartment where heat may build up, causing the compartment to melt. Heat buildup in the vehicle storage compartment increases the risk of fire. TMC will notify owners, and dealers will install a heat shield to prevent heat buildup in the storage compartment. The recall will begin in March 2016. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-855-2867. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000112.
Universal Trailer Cargo Group, Inc. (Universal Trailer) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 Haulmark Motorcoach vehicles manufactured April 1, 2007, to June 30, 2010. 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. Universal Trailer will notify owners, and 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 recall is expected to begin May 9, 2016. Owners may contact Universal Trailer customer service at 1-574-264-9661.
Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2015 Winnebago Adventurer vehicles manufactured January 16, 2016, to March 8, 2016, and 2015-2016 Itasca Suncruiser vehicles manufactured January 6, 2016, to March 8, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the bolts that attach the hitch to the frame were not properly torqued. Improper torquing of the hitch bolts could cause the hitch to detach, increasing the risk of a crash. Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, where necessary, replace the hitch attachment bolts free of charge. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-3535. Winnebago’s number for this recall is 140.

Winnebago Towable (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2016 Instinct trailers manufactured January 12, 2016, to February 29, 2016. The affected trailers may have an inadvertent “I” stamped as the fifth character in the VIN number. No direct safety risk exists but an accurate VIN is required to verify trailer applicability for any future safety recalls. Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will install a new VIN plate over the incorrect VIN plate, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-574-825-5250.


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OTHER VEHICLES

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2016 F-150 trucks manufactured April 27, 2015, to November 22, 2015, and equipped with Multi-Contour Seats (MCS). The front passenger seat Occupant Classification System (OCS) that calibrates the air bag deployment level may incorrectly classify an adult as a child when the seat massage feature is activated. If an adult is incorrectly classified as a child, the passenger frontal air bag will not deploy during a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the Occupant Classification System Module (OCSM) with new software, free of charge. The recall began on March 11, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 16S05.

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016 Chevrolet Colorado vehicles manufactured January 19, 2016, to February 2, 2016, Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured January 9, 2016, to January 26, 2016, and 2016 GMC Canyon vehicles manufactured January 21, 2016, to February 4, 2016. The driver frontal air bag may improperly inflate during second-stage deployment in the event of a high-speed crash. An improperly inflated air bag increases the risk of injury. GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver side frontal air bag module, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM’s number for this recall is 28030.
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Santa Fe vehicles manufactured September 1, 2015, to February 12, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the wires in the front seat belt buckle harnesses may be damaged by the seat’s height adjuster mechanism, resulting in a failure to provide an audible warning when front seat occupants do not fasten their seat belts. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.” Without a warning to remind the front seat occupants that their seat belts are not buckled, they may forget to buckle their seat belt, increasing their risk of injury in the event of a crash. Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and reroute the wires in the front seat belt buckle harnesses to their proper locations, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 6, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 141.
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2014 Nissan Rogue vehicles manufactured July 25, 2013, to December 21, 2013, and February 1, 2014, to June 7, 2014. Improper nickel plating of components within the fuel pump may result in the fuel pump failing. If the fuel pump fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2008-2010 Lexus SC vehicles manufactured August 3, 2007, to July 30, 2010, 2008 Toyota Corolla vehicles manufactured May 25, 2007, to December 21, 2007, 2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix vehicles manufactured June 1, 2007, to December 18, 2007, and 2008 Pontiac Vibe vehicles manufactured May 25, 2007, to December 21, 2007. This is to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag inflator which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. This recall addresses both the passenger side frontal air bags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement air bags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement air bag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger side frontal air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death. Toyota and Lexus vehicle owners will be notified by Toyota beginning March 15, 2016. A date has not yet been provided for Pontiac Vibe owners to be notified by GM. The respective dealers will either replace the front passenger air bag inflator or the entire front passenger air bag assembly depending on the model. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. This recall expands recall 15V-285.
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2008-2010 Lexus SC vehicles manufactured August 3, 2007, to July 30, 2010, 2008 Toyota Corolla vehicles manufactured June 1, 2007, to December 21, 2007, 2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix vehicles manufactured June 1, 2007, to December 18, 2007, and 2008 Pontiac Vibe vehicles manufactured May 25, 2007, to December 21, 2007, that were originally sold, or ever registered, in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The affected vehicles have a passenger side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon its deployment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death. Toyota and Lexus vehicle owners will be notified by Toyota beginning March 15, 2016. A date has not yet been provided for Pontiac Vibe owners to be notified by GM. The respective dealers will either replace the front passenger air bag inflator or the entire front passenger air bag assembly depending on the model. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. This recall expands recall 15V-286.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2011-2016 Touareg vehicles. The brake pedal pivot pin may be missing a circlip, allowing the pivot pin to move and the brake pedal to dislodge. If the brake pedal dislodges, the driver may not be able to apply the brakes, increasing the risk of a crash. Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake pedal assembly to verify the presence of the circlip and install any missing circlips, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 46G4.


TIRES AND EQUIPMENT

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (Cooper) is recalling certain Roadmaster RM234 tires, size 295/75R22.5, manufactured August 6, 2015, to September 5, 2015 (weeks 3115-3515). The affected tires may have a pin-sized hole in the sidewall that can result in a loss of air. A loss of tire air pressure can cause sudden tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Cooper will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires including the mounting and balancing, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Cooper customer service at 1-800-854-6288. Cooper’s number for this recall is 4Y.

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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