RV and RV-related recalls for Nov. 2016

RV and RV-related recalls for Nov. 2016

 

WASHINGTON: Here is our monthly summary of RV recalls for November 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

Daimler Trucks North America, LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 FCCC XBR, XCL, XCM, and XCR recreational vehicle chassis manufactured January 1, 2016, to October 12, 2016, equipped with Cummins ISL engines. The power steering hose on the affected vehicles may be routed incorrectly, and, as a result, the hose may rub against the power stud on the starter motor, possibly causing electrical arcing and a power steering fluid leak. Electrical arcing in the presence of leaking power steering fluid can increase the risk of a fire. DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will reroute the power steering hose to provide proper clearance, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 30, 2016. Owners may contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712 . DTNA’s number for this recall is FL-727.

Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Cornerstone and Anthem motorhomes manufactured April 7, 2015, to August 18, 2016. The affected vehicles are equipped with a Tempurpedic Sealy Mattress that may burn quickly when on fire. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 302, “Flammability of Interior Materials.” If the mattress burns quickly, a vehicle occupant may not have enough time to exit the vehicle in the event of a fire, increasing the risk of injury. Entegra will notify owners, and dealers will replace the Tempurpedic Sealy Mattress with a Sleep Number Mattress, free of charge. The recall began on November 3, 2016. Owners may contact Entegra customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Entegra’s number for this recall is 9903329.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2017 Cedar Creek recreational trailers manufactured September 8, 2016, to September 19, 2016. The axles installed on these vehicles were incorrectly identified as having a 7,000 pound capacity when they were only rated and designed to carry up to 6,000 pounds. The owner of a vehicle with the incorrect axles could unknowingly overload the vehicle, possibly resulting in a loss of control or reduced braking distance, potentially increasing the risk of a crash. All affected vehicles have been captured at the dealer level and are being repaired prior to sale. Therefore, an owner notification letter will not be issued for this campaign. Dealers will replace the axles that are rated for a 7,000lb capacity. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-593-4000 extension 20209. Forest River’s number for this recall is 20-10112016-0255.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2017 Dynamax Isata motorhomes, models ISC24FWM, ISC24RWM, ISC35DBD and ISC36DSD, manufactured May 19, 2016, to October 19, 2016. The affected vehicles may be missing a securing cable tie on the rubber grommet for the copper liquid propane (L.P.) gas line, allowing liquid propane to enter the cabin. If the rubber grommet is not properly sealed and secured, there is an increased risk of propane leak and a fire. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the grommet and install a cable tie, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 19, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-262-3474 extension 203. Forest River’s number for this recall is 55-10162016-0257.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2017 Vibe trailers manufactured September 20, 2016, to October 20, 2016. The outside of the kitchen stove may have been connected to a 12V D.C. positive circuit, potentially shocking a user that touches it. An energized stove may increase the risk of an electrical shock and injury. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the positive wire, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 20, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-296-2084 extension 105. Forest River’s number for this recall is 59-102212016-0260.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2017 Salem recreational trailers, model SMT186RB, manufactured October 13, 2016 through October 21, 2016 and model year 2017 Wildwood recreational trailers, model WDT186RB, manufactured October 7, 2016, through October 21, 2016. The Federal Placard Label and the VIN incorrectly states that the vehicle has two axles, while the vehicle is only equipped with one axle. 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 will provide a corrected Certificate of Origin, Federal Placard and VIN plate for each trailer, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 21, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-534-1251. Forest River’s number for this recall is 6-10252016-0262.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Riverstone Legacy fifth wheel recreational trailers manufactured October 7, 2016, to October 18, 2016. The spare tire and rim combination on the affected vehicles may be incompatible with the disk-brake hubs, preventing the rim from mounting flat and flush to the hub face. If an owner installs the spare wheel that was provided with the trailer, the lug nuts may fail, allowing the wheel to detach, increasing the risk of a crash. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the spare rim and tire assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 30, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-367-3269. Forest River’s number for this recall is 70-10312016-0263.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2017 XLR recreational trailers, models XLF413AMP, XLF422AMP, WZXLF422AMP and XLF380AMP, manufactured September 29, 2016, to November 8, 2016. The affected vehicles may be equipped with an incorrect Federal Placard that does not indicate that the vehicle has a third axle. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.” If the Federal Placard is missing the correct axle information, the operator may overload the trailer, causing a loss of a vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected Federal Placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 13, 2017. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-0432. Forest River’s number for this recall is 45-11122016-0272.


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Highland Ridge RV (Highland) is recalling certain model year 2016 Highlander travel trailers, model 31RGR, manufactured May 26, 2015, to September 24, 2015, equipped with certain aluminum black ladders manufactured by Christianson Industries. The affected ladders have retractable hinges, each with a welded ‘top hat’ that can separate from the hinge. If the hinges separate from the ladder while in use, the ladder may fall from the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury. Highland will notify owners, and dealers will install hinge braces over the existing hinges, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin in November 2016. Owners may contact Highland customer service at 1-260-768-7771. Highland’s number for this recall is 9904333.

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2017 Eagle fifth wheel trailers, model 355 MBQS, manufactured October 7, 2016, to October 11, 2016. The affected vehicles may have an axle of insufficient load capacity. If the axle is overloaded, excess tire wear may result, possibly causing tire failure and an increased risk of a crash. All of the affected trailers have been quarantined at dealers and therefore owner notification letters will not be sent. Jayco dealers will replace the 6000lb capacity axle with a 7000 lb. capacity axle, including new rims and tires and will install updated Federal ID, and Cargo Carrying Capacity labels, free of charge. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901330.

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2017 Jay Sport camping trailers, model 12SC, manufactured September 14, 2016, to October 3, 2016. The labels on the affected vehicles incorrectly state that the vehicle is equipped with ST175/80R13D tires requiring 65 PSI, when the vehicle is actually equipped with ST175/80R13C tires requiring 50 PSI. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.” Incorrect tire pressure information may result in the tires being over inflated, which can cause possible tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Jayco has notified owners and provided them with a corrected label, free of charge. The recall began on November 1, 2016. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901331.



Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Dutch Star and Ventana motorhomes manufactured January 22, 2016, to November 7, 2016, equipped with Cummins ISL engines. These vehicles, built on a Freightliner chassis, have a power steering hose that may be routed incorrectly, and, as a result, the hose may rub against the power stud on the starter motor, possibly causing electrical arcing and a power steering fluid leak. Electrical arcing in the presence of leaking power steering fluid can increase the risk of a fire. Newmar will notify owners, and Freightliner dealers will reroute the power steering hose for proper clearance, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 8, 2017. Owners may contact Freightliner customer service at 1-800-547-0712 or Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300. Newmar’s number for this recall is 16V 809.

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2017 King Aire motorhomes manufactured January 22, 2016, to October 4, 2016. The affected vehicles are equipped with WABCO OnGuard collision mitigation radar which may have been mounted upside down on the front lower bumper, resulting in decreased performance. If the collision mitigation radar has reduced performance, there may be an increased risk of a crash. Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will check the orientation of the OnGuard radar and, if necessary, correct the orientation, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 23, 2016. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2017 London Aire, Essex, and King Aire motorhomes manufactured December 9, 2015, to September 26, 2016. The hydraulic entry step controller may not be functioning as designed and may allow the steps to retract unexpectedly. The steps can retract without warning, causing someone using the steps to fall, increasing the risk of injury. Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the steps and update the controller software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 19, 2016. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2017 Dutch Star and Ventana motorhomes manufactured May 17, 2016, to September 27, 2016. On certain motorhomes, the wardrobe slide out motor may have been installed without having a brake. If the slide out motor does not have a brake installed, the slide out box could extend unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the motor and replace it if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 19, 2016. Owners may contact Newmar customer service 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 May 12, 2016, to September 22, 2016 and built on a Spartan Motors chassis. The throttle circuit wires on the affected vehicles may not have been be twisted to cancel out electromagnetic interference, and as a result, interference may cause the throttle signal to be higher or lower than intended. Unintended deceleration or acceleration can increase the risk of a crash. Newmar will notify owners, and Spartan dealers will install an overlay harness with twisted wires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 2, 2017. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300 or Spartan at 1-800-543-4277. Newmar’s number for this recall is 16V-776.



REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Holiday Rambler Vacationer motorhomes. The affected vehicles have a front truss that may not be adequately supported at the attachment points, allowing any wire harnesses or hydraulic lines routed between the truss and its supporting framework to be pinched or crushed. A damaged wire harness can cause an electrical short, resulting in intermittent operation of electrical systems or a vehicle shut down. A damaged hydraulic line may leak fluid. Either condition may increase risk of a fire or a crash. REV will notify owners, and dealers will install additional steel to support the front truss,. Dealers will also inspect the hydraulic hoses and electrical wiring, relocating them as necessary. These repairs will be done free of charge. The recall was expected to begin November 30, 2016. Owners may contact REV customer service at 1-800-509-3417. REV’s number for this recall is 161018REV.

Starcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2017 AR-ONE trailers, model 28R, manufactured March 1, 2016, to August 5, 2016. The affected vehicles have incorrect information on Federal Placard and Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) labels, possibly resulting in the vehicle being overloaded. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.” An overloaded trailer increases the risk of a crash. Starcraft has notified owners and provided corrected Federal Placards and CCC labels, free of charge. The recall began on November 3, 2016. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787. Starcraft’s number for this recall is 9902328.

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2017 Winnebago View and Itasca Navion motorhomes manufactured March 21, 2016, to September 15, 2016. The affected vehicles may have loose driver and front passenger seat mounting bolts, possibly allowing the seats to detach from the mounting pedestals. If the seat detaches from the mounting pedestal, it can increase the risk of injury and crash. Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the seat mounting bolts to the proper specification, free of 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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Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Dodge Charger Police vehicles, 2007-2013 RAM 3500 Cab Chassis, 2008-2013 RAM 4500 and 5500 Cab Chassis, and 2013 RAM 2500 and 3500 vehicles. The affected vehicles have a 220 amp alternator that may suddenly fail. If the alternator fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. There is also the possibility that the alternator may short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the alternator with a revised alternator, free of charge. Parts are not currently available, but beginning on November 25, 2016 owners will be notified of the recall and they will be sent a second letter when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is S68

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2016 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured February 10, 2016, to April 28, 2016 and equipped with a 3.6L engine built at the Saltillo engine plant. During the assembly of the engine, the fuel rail crossover tube may have been damaged, which, over time, may result in a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source, can increase the risk of a fire. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine assembly for damage to the fuel rail crossover tube, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 19, 2016. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is S85.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured June 16, 2015, to August 14, 2016. In certain crash conditions, the front impact sensor wiring may be pulled until it detaches before a signal can be received by the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC). If the ORC module does not receive a signal from the front impact sensor, both frontal air bags and the seat belt pretensioners will not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reroute the front impact sensor wiring and relocate the impact sensor branch, 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 S76.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2017 Jeep Cherokee vehicles manufactured October 13, 2016, to October 17, 2016. Improper welds on the driver’s knee air bag inflator may prevent the air bag from properly inflating. If the driver’s knee air bag does not properly inflate, there is an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver’s knee air bag module, free of charge. The recall began November 9, 2016. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is S84.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee manufactured August 8, 2016 through August 16, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the rear tow hook bracket or tow eye bracket may be loose. If the tow bracket is loose, the bracket may detach from the vehicle while being it is being driven, possibly becoming a road hazard. If the bracket detaches during a vehicle recovery, there may be a loss of control of the towed vehicle. Either scenario increases the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will confirm both tow hook bracket bolts are properly tightened, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin on November 6, 2016. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is S73.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2017 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured November 1, 2016, to November 3, 2016. The affected vehicles may have a fuel tank that has a cracked or broken control valve, possibly resulting in a fuel leak in a rollover event, debris in the fuel tank and/or the potential of over fueling the vehicle. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire. Chrysler will notify owners, and Jeep dealers will inspect the fuel tank and replace fuel tank and sending unit, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 2, 2017. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is S90.

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured February 26, 2009, to April 29, 2012, and 2010-2011 Mercury Mariner vehicles manufactured February 25, 2009, to December 12, 2010. On vehicles with a 3.0L engine, the Fuel Delivery Module (FDM) may crack, causing a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the FDM flange with one that has a redesigned fuel supply port, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 12, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 16S41.



Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2017 Ford Focus hatchback vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to August 26, 2016 and equipped with a manual transmission. The hatchback of the affected vehicles may be unlatched with a single press of the interior latch release button. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 206, “Door Locks and Door Retention Components.” With only a single press needed, the driver may accidently unlatch the hatchback, increasing the risk of injury to any unsecured passengers in the back. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Body Control Module with updated software, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin November 14, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 16C13.

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Ford Edge vehicles manufactured February 9, 2015, to August 12, 2016. During dealer servicing, the affected vehicles may be have been updated with incorrect Antilock Brake System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) software. This software can cause the ESC system to lose engine torque control, and not provide any warning lamps to warn the driver if there was an ABS or ESC system malfunction. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 126, “Electronic Stability Control Systems” and number 135, “Light Vehicle Brake Systems.” If the operator is not warned of an ABS or ESC malfunction and the ESC loses engine torque control, there would be an increased risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ABS module, and update the service software, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin November 28, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 16C14.

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2017 Ford F-250 SD, F-350 SD, F-450 SD, and F-550 SD trucks manufactured March 21, 2016, to August 28, 2016. The protective shield on the fuel conditioning module may have inadequate adhesion, allowing the shield to become dislodged. If the shield becomes dislodged, the drain valve may open resulting in a fuel leak. A fuel leak, in the presence of an ignition source, increases the risk of a fire. Under certain conditions, significant liquid fuel on the road surface may cause a slip hazard, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the protective shield, free of charge. The recall began November 11, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 16S39.


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General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Chevrolet Express manufactured September 25, 2015, to August 22, 2016, and 2016 GMC Savana cargo and cutaway vans manufactured January 28, 2016, to May 18, 2016. The affected vehicles were manufactured without an inside rearview mirror and with a right-hand convex exterior review mirror. These vehicles are required to have either an inside rearview mirror or both left and right-hand flat exterior rearview mirrors. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111, “Rearview Mirrors.” If the driver does not have a clear unobstructed view to the back of the vehicle, it can increase the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will instal a right-hand flat rearview mirror, free of charge. 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 16036.

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2017 Cadillac XT5 vehicles manufactured April 16, 2016, to May 9, 2016, and 2017 GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured April 19, 2016, to April 22, 2016. The front brake calipers may have a torn or misaligned caliper piston seal which may allow brake fluid to leak. If there is a brake fluid leak, braking performance may be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front brake calipers, replacing the brake caliper assemblies, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM’s number for this recall is 16096.

Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Sonata Hybrid vehicles manufactured December 8, 2014, to August 18, 2015, and Hyundai Sonata vehicles manufactured May 28, 2014, to March 18, 2016, equipped with the panoramic sunroof option. Due to a bonding issue with the sunroof wind deflector, the sunroof panel on the affected vehicles may detach while driving. If the sunroof detaches from the vehicle it could become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash. Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will repair the wind deflector anchor plate, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 2, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 152.

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2008-2009 Kia Sportage vehicles manufactured August 9, 2007, to May 13, 2009. The wire harness cover on the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) may be improperly sealed allowing water to get onto the HECU circuit board. If the water is contaminated with salt, such as could occur from melted snow, the wire harness connector pins may corrode and the circuit board may short circuit. If the HECU short circuits, there is an increased risk of an engine compartment fire. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the connector pins for corrosion, if no corrosion is found, the connector cover will be replaced. If corrosion is present, the dealer will replace the HECU assembly and the connector cover, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin November 28, 2016. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC138.

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2016 Kia Sorento vehicles manufactured March 3, 2016 to March 21, 2016. The driver’s seatback frame may have been produced with inadequate weld joints and, as a result, the seatback may not function as designed in the event of a rear-end collision. In the event of a crash, the driver seatback frame could break and fail to restrain a seat occupant, increasing the risk of injury. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the welds and replace the driver seatback frame, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 9, 2016. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC140.

Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Tribute vehicles manufactured March 3, 2009, to May 26, 2011. On vehicles with a 3.0L engine, the Fuel Delivery Module (FDM) may crack, causing a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the FDM flange with one that has a redesigned fuel supply port, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 15, 2016. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda’s number for this recall is 0416J.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling certain model year 2017 Mirage vehicles manufactured October 28, 2015, to August 4, 2016 and equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps. The affected vehicles may have been assembled without the headlight horizontal adjustment lockout clips properly secured. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirement of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.” Without the horizontal adjustment locking clip being secured, the headlight can be adjusted to either reduce the driver’s visibility or blind oncoming vehicles. Both conditions can increase the risk of a crash. MMNA will notify owners, and dealers will secure the horizontal locking clips as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on September 3, 2016. Owners may contact MMNA customer service at 1-888-648-7820. MMNA’s number for this recall is SR-16-008.



Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling certain model year 2011-2015 Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured August 26, 2010, to January 5, 2015. In the affected vehicles, water may drop between the hood and the windshield and leak into the wiper motor breathing hole. The water may cause internal corrosion of the windshield wiper motor and the possible failure of the motor. Failure of the wiper motor can cause a loss of visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. MMNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiper motor, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact MMNA customer service at 1-888-648-7820. MMNA’s number for this recall is SR-16-010.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling certain model year 2007-2013 Outlander vehicles manufactured September 8, 2006, to March 29, 2013. In the affected vehicles, water may enter between the hood and windshield and cause the front wiper link ball joint to corrode, possibly resulting in the wiper link separating and the wipers becoming inoperative. Loss of wiper function can reduce visibility and increase the risk of a crash. MMNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rubber boot on the ball joint to prevent water intrusion. Additionally, they will inspect the wiper motor crank arm for excessive play, replacing it as necessary. These repairs will be done free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact MMNA customer service at 1-888-648-7820. MMNA’s number for this recall is SR-16-009.


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Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2017 Versa vehicles manufactured August 1, 2016, to August 16, 2016. A seam in the fabric section of the side curtain air bags may tear during side curtain air bag deployment, potentially affecting the performance of the air bag. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 226, “Ejection Mitigation”, and number 214, “Side Impact Protection.” In the event of a crash necessitating side curtain air bag deployment, if the side curtain air bags do not deploy as intended there would be an increased risk of injury. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left and right side curtain air bags, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2016 Titan Diesel XD vehicles manufactured August 7, 2015, to September 1, 2016. The affected vehicles may not have had the temporary fuel tank breather tube cap removed during the vehicle’s assembly and the fuel tank breather tube may not have been connected to the bed rail. As a result, the fuel tank may not have the proper ventilation, possibly causing the fuel gauge and the distance to empty meter to both display inaccurately. If the fuel gauge reads incorrectly, the vehicle can run out of fuel without the driver being aware, increasing the risk of a crash. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel tank breather tube, replacing the fuel tank, fuel sending unit, and/or fuel tank breather tube, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.



Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles, 2008-2014 Impreza vehicles and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, all equipped with turbo-charged engines. The relay that controls the secondary air injection pump may fail, causing the pump to continuously operate and overheat. If the air injection pump overheats, it may melt and increase the risk of a fire. Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the secondary air injection pump relay, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WTM-73.

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Legacy vehicles manufactured November 26, 2008, to June 7, 2013, and 2010-2014 Outback vehicles manufactured January 9, 2009 to June 7, 2013. Due to contamination, components within the windshield wiper motor bottom cover may interfere with each other. If an obstruction, such as a buildup of snow or ice prevents the wiper arms from being able to stop in the parked position, the wiper motor may overheat and the bottom cover may melt. If the windshield wiper motor overheats, the wipers may fail, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, the wiper motor cover may melt, increasing the risk of a fire. Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor bottom cover assembly, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WTK-71. Note: This recall supersedes recall 11V-469. All vehicles that were remedied under that campaign are affected by this campaign, and need to have their wiper motor bottom cover replaced again.

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2017 Legacy and Outback vehicles manufactured September 21, 2016, to September 23, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the knee guard bracket may not be properly attached to the steering beam assembly. If the knee guard is not properly attached and the driver is not wearing a seatbelt, the knee guard may not be able to properly restrain the driver’s lower body in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the knee guard welding on each vehicle’s steering beam, replacing the beam as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WTL-72.

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2016 Highlander vehicles manufactured May 26, 2016, to September 16, 2016. The brake fluid level sensor may not be connected to the wire harness, preventing the sensor from detecting the brake fluid level. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135, “Light Vehicle Brake Systems.” If the brake fluid level is low and is not detected, the braking performance may be decreased, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, connect the wire harness to the sensor, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin November 7, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota’s number for this G03.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Volkswagen Golf, Golf SportWagen, GTI, Audi A3 sedan and A3 Cabriolet vehicles. Due to a problem with the suction pump inside the fuel tank, fuel may flow into the evaporative emissions (EVAP) system. As fuel accumulates in the EVAP system, it may leak out through the charcoal canister filter element. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the suction pump, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. An interim notice was sent to owners by early November and a second notice will be sent when parts are available. Volkswagen owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298, Audi owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen’s numbers for this recall are 20Y6 and 20Y5.


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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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