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Chassis Issue Leads to Newmar, Winnebago Recalls

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Newmar Corporation is recalling 1,150 units from its 2014-16 Dutch Star, Mountain Aire, Essex, and 2015-16 London Aire lineups due to issues with the brakes.

The units, manufactured March 27, 2013, to Oct. 16, 2015, are built on a Freightliner chassis and include an adjustable foot pedal, in which the brake activation signal to certain towed devices may not deactivate when the service brakes are released, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If the brake activation signal to a towed device remains active when the motorhome chassis service brakes are released, the brakes on a towed device may remain engaged depending on brake configuration of the trailer. As a result, the brakes would drag and possibly overheat.

Newmar will notify owners, and Freightliner dealers will modify the affected assemblies. The recall is expected to begin on June 25. Owners may contact Freightliner/Daimler Trucks North America LLC at 1-800-547-0712 or Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300. Newmar’s number for this recall is 16V-204.

In a related recall, Winnebago is also recalling 56 units from its 2014 Winnebago Tour, and Itasca Ellipse lines built on Freightliner chassis.

Daimler Trucks North America will notify owners, and dealers will modify the affected brake assemblies. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Daimler Truck North America, customer service at 1-800-745-8000. DTNA’s Recall number for this recall campaign is FL-704. Owners may also contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-3535.

Forest River is recalling 38 units from its 2016-17 Cardinal line, models CAF3455RL, CAF3825FL and CAF3850RL.

These vehicles may be equipped with a federal placard that indicates an incorrect tire and rim combination. The placard states the tire and rim combination is ST235/80R16 LRE Tires with 80 PSI and a rim designation of 16X6.00JJ, when the actual combination on the vehicle is LT235/85T16 LRG Tires with 110 PSI and a rim designation of 16X6.00HD.

As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.

Forest River will notify owners, and provide a new corrected Federal Placard,. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, June 23. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-206-7600. Forest River’s number for this recall is 15-04172016-0179.

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