Exhaust Tube Fault Leads to Spartan Recall

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Spartan Motors plans to recall 2,582 of its 2007-15 Spartan K3 and MM motorhome chassis because the flexible exhaust tube may tear, allowing hot exhaust to blow against other components, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Spartan will notify the motorhome manufacturers that bought the affected chassis, and Spartan dealers will inspect the alignment of the tubes, correcting them and replacing any that are torn. The recall is expected to begin in June.

Owners may contact Spartan customer service at 1-517-543-6400. Spartan’s number for this recall is 16014.

In a related recall, Winnebago recalled 306 units from its 2015-16 Winnebago Tour and Itasca Ellipse motorhomes.

Winnebago will notify owners, and Freightliner dealers will inspect and replace the steering gears, as necessary. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Note: Owners are urged not to drive their vehicles until they have been inspected. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-3535 or Freightliner at 1-800-547-0712.

Forest River will recall 147 of its 2014-16 Charleston Class A motorhomes manufactured and built on certain Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) chassis.

On certain motorhome chassis built with a heavier, adjustable foot pedal, the brake activation signal to certain towed devices may not deactivate when the motorhome service brakes are released.

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.

Forest River will notify owners, and DTNA dealers will modify the affected brake assemblies, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, July 11. Owners may contact DTNA customer service at 800-547-0712. Forest River’s number for this recall is 40-05132016-0196.

Thor Motor Coach is recalling 44 of its 2017 Tuscany, Tuscany ZTE, and Venetian motorhomes manufactured March 15 to April 7. The isolator relay cable for the chassis battery was improperly installed which could cause sudden, unexpected loss of power.

If the motorhome experiences an unexpected loss of power, it can increase the risk of a crash.

TMC will notify owners, and dealers will correctly install the isolator relay cable, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 877-500-1020. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000114.

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