RV and RV-related recalls for May 2019

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Here is our monthly summary of RV recalls for May 2019 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.


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UNITED STATES RECALLS

RECREATION VEHICLES

Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain 2019 Entegra Vision and Emblem motorhomes built on a Ford F53 chassis. The blower motor electrical circuit may be missing the 25-amp fuse, possibly resulting in overheating of the wiring. If the wiring in the circuit overheats, it can increase the risk of fire. Entegra has notified owners, and dealers will install a 25-amp fuse, free of charge. The recall began April 16, 2019. Owners may contact Entegra customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Entegra’s number for this recall is 9903432.


Erwin Hymer Group USA LP dba American Fastbacks (EHGUSA-AF) is recalling certain 2018 Jeep Wrangler vehicles sold with a roof top tent installed. The top cover of the roof top tent may crack or break, possibly resulting in the cover detaching from the vehicle while moving. If the roof top tent cover detaches from the vehicle while moving, it can create a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash. The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall began May 9, 2019. Owners may contact American Fastbacks customer service at 1-844-533-7997 extension 301. Note: Vehicles in this recall are also included in recall 19V-190.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2018 Dynamax Isata vehicles built on a RAM chassis and equipped with a column shifter. Pushing the brake pedal for prolonged periods when the vehicle is running and in PARK may cause the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock (BTSI) pin to stick in the open position. With the pin in the open position, the transmission can be shifted out of PARK into any gear without pushing the brake pedal or having the key in the ignition. Being able to shift the transmission without pushing the brake pedal and/or without a key in the ignition can increase the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash. Forest River will notify owners, and Chrysler dealers will update the vehicle software, inspect the BTSI, and, as necessary, replace it, free of charge. The recall began May 6, 2019. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 or Forest River at 1-574-262-3474. Forest River’s number for this recall is 55-0993.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Cherokee ACKT39CL and ACKT39RL travel trailers. The Federal Placard may have incorrect axle rating, cargo carrying capacity, and tire/wheel combination information. Due to the incorrect Federal Placard, an operator may overload the vehicle, which may decrease vehicle stability and increase the risk of crash. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will provide replacement placards that contain the accurate information, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 19, 2019. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-260-499-2100. Forest River’s number for this recall is 17A-1012.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2019 Dynamax Isata motorhomes built on a RAM cab chassis. The primary and secondary brake hoses located between the brake master cylinder and the hydraulic control unit may have been manufactured without anti-corrosion plating on the ferrules. If the ferrules corrode, the brake fluid may leak and cause a loss of braking, increasing the risk of a crash. Forest River will notify owners, and FCA US dealers will inspect the brake hoses and replace them if necessary, free of charge. The recall began on May 6, 2019. Owners may contact FCA US customer service at 1-800-853-1403 or Forest River at 1-574-262-3474. Forest River’s number for this recall is 55-0992.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2019 Rockwood and Flagstaff recreational trailers. The wiring for the front bedroom air conditioning may have been improperly installed and may come in contact with the heat strip in the air conditioner. If the wiring harness contacts the heat strip, the sheathing may melt, increasing the risk of fire. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will secure the air conditioner wiring harness away from the heat strip, free of charge. The recall began on May 6, 2019. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-8943. Forest River’s number for this recall is 10C-1001.


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Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2019-2020 R-Pod travel trailers. The wire for the refrigerator’s spark igniter may have been connected to a breaker that permits a current higher than the wire can handle. Without the proper circuit breaker protection, the wire can melt, increasing the risk of fire. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will move the wire from the 30-amp circuit to the designated 15-amp circuit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 19, 2019. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-3119. Forest River’s number for this recall is 80-1011.

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2014-2019 Precept, 2016-2019 Alante and 2019 Precept Prestige motorhomes built on a Ford F53 chassis. The blower motor electrical circuit may be missing the 25-amp fuse, possibly resulting in overheating of the wiring. If the wiring in the circuit overheats, it can increase the risk of fire. Jayco has notified owners, and dealers will install a 25-amp fuse, free of charge. The recall began April 16, 2019. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9903432.

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2019 Jay Flight TF travel trailers, model 32RLOK. The supports for the fresh water tank may be too thin, resulting in the brackets breaking and the tanks detaching from the trailer. A detached water tank would be a road hazard, increasing the risk of crash. Jayco has notified owners, and dealers will install a threaded rod in the center of the water tank support apparatus to provide additional support, free of charge. The recall began May 9, 2019. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901433.

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles (Livin’ Lite) is recalling certain 2013-2017 Camplite and 2014-2017 Bearcat recreational trailers. One of the exit windows may be blocked by a manual awning arm. In the event of an emergency, occupants may try to escape through the blocked window, but would not be able to, increasing their risk of injury. Livin’ Lite will notify owners, and dealers will remove the exit label and alter the window levers, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 15, 2019. Owners may contact Livin’ Lite customer service at 1-800-768-4016 extension 154 or 153. Livin’ Lite’s number for this recall is LL-2019-01.

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Bay Star, Essex, New Aire, 2018 Bay Start Sport, Canyon Star, Dutch Star, King Aire, Mountain Aire, Ventana LE, Ventana and London Aire motorhomes. The power supply for the WiFiRanger may overheat. An overheated power supply can increase the risk of a fire. Newmar has notified owners, and dealers will replace the power supply, free of charge. The recall began April 18, 2019. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300

REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling certain 2019 Fleetwood Flair and Holiday Rambler Admiral motorhomes. The generator exhaust pipe placement exits the motorhome within the vehicle’s departure angle. If the motorhome is driven on an incline, the generator exhaust pipe may get damaged, possibly resulting in carbon monoxide entering the vehicle when the generator is running, increasing the risk of injury or death. REV has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and reroute the generator exhaust pipe, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began May 21, 2019. Owners may contact REV customer service at 1-800-509-3417. REV’s number for this recall is 190412REV.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Phaeton, Allegro Bus and Zephyr motorhomes. The alternating current electrical wires may have been improperly secured in the Energy Management Module, causing increased electrical resistance. The additional resistance can cause the wires to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire. Tiffin will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the Alternating Current Relay Board and make sure the wires are properly secured, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2019. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661. Tiffin’s number for this recall is TIFF-111.


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OTHER VEHICLES

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks equipped with an 8-foot truck bed and a power locking tailgate. Chrysler is also recalling all 2018 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks built before April 1, 2018, that are equipped with a power locking tailgate. The tailgate actuator limiter tab may fracture and cause the tailgate to unlatch and open while driving. If the tailgate opens while the vehicle is being driven, cargo may fall out of the vehicle and create a road hazard, increasing the risk of crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will repair the tailgate latch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 28, 2019. Owners may contact FCA US customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US’s number for this recall is V44. Note: 2015-2017 MY Ram 1500 pickup trucks with truck beds other than 8-foot are currently covered under NHTSA recall 18V-486 for this issue.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2019 Jeep Cherokee vehicles. The front passenger seat mounting bolts may be loose. In the event of a crash, the seat may move, increasing the risk of injury. Chrysler has notified owners, and dealers will tighten the mounting bolts, free of charge. The recall began April 11, 2019. Owners may contact FCA US customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is V31.

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Ranger vehicles. The fasteners that attach the transmission shifter cable bracket to the transmission may loosen allowing the transmission to be in a different gear than indicated by the gear shift lever position. If the gear shift lever position does not match the actual transmission gear, the vehicle may move in an unexpected direction. Additionally, despite selecting “Park,” if the parking brake is not applied before the vehicle is exited, the vehicle may roll. Either scenario increases the risk of crash or injury. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the transmission shift cable bracket fasteners as necessary, and verify the proper transmission shift operation, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 1, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 19S15.

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500 and 6500 vehicles and 2017-2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 vehicles and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 vehicles equipped with Duramax 6.6-liter diesel engines and an optional engine block heater. The engine block heater cord or the terminals that connect the heater cord to the block heater may short circuit and fail. A short-circuit may damage the engine components and increase the risk of fire. The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-586-596-1733. GM’s number for this recall is N182206310.

American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling certain 2009-2014 Acura TSX, 2011-2013 TSX Sport Wagon, and 2010-2012 ZDX and 2008-2012 Honda Accord, 2010-2011 Accord Crosstour, 2006-2011 Civic, Civic Hybrid and Civic NGV, 2012-2014 Crosstour, 2007-2011 CR-V, 2009-2013 Fit, 2010-2013 Insight, and 2009-2015 Pilot vehicles. The front passenger air bag inflator may have been installed incorrectly during replacement. An incorrectly installed air bag inflator may not properly deploy the passenger frontal air bag in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the inflator installation and, if necessary, replace the passenger frontal air bag module assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 28, 2019. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are M4O, P4R, T4Q, and W4P.


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American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling certain 2019 CR-V vehicles. The metal core of the steering wheel may have burrs which can damage the harnesses routed within, potentially disabling the driver’s air bag or causing it to deploy without warning. In the event of a crash, a disabled air bag would increase the risk of injury. An uncommanded deployment of the driver’s air bag also increases the risk of injury and a crash. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will install a protective cover on the steering wheel core and replace clockspring and the harnesses within, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 8, 2019. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s number for this recall is R4S.

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Yaris vehicles. The wire harnesses for the side air bag sensors located within the front doors may crack and corrode, possibly causing the non-deployment or improper deployment of the front seat side air bags and the curtain shield air bags. In the event of a crash, front seat side air bags and curtain shield air bags that do not deploy as intended can increase the risk of injury. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wire harness assembly in the front doors, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 10, 2019. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota’s number for this recall is K1F/K0F.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2019 Tiguan LWB vehicles. The tire information label contains inaccurate tire dimension and inflation pressure specifications. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.” The incorrect specifications can result in improper tire inflations or installing a tire of the wrong size on the vehicle. Either of these situations can increase the risk of a vehicle crash. Volkswagen has notified owners, and dealers will install a corrected tire information label, free of charge. The recall began April 16, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 01D2.


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OTHER EQUIPMENT AND TIRES

Nothing significant to report this month.


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.

Here are some useful websites regarding recalls:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the agency which handles vehicle recalls.
• Here’s the main NHTSA website, which covers everything it does.
• Here’s where you can enter your vehicle’s VIN to see if it has ever been involved in a recall.
• Here’s where to file a vehicle safety complaint.
• If you have a lemon RV, here are some helpful resources.

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