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A busy week of recalls left manufacturers working to fix a variety of RV defects.

Newmar Corp. and Forest River Inc. both issued a pair of recalls.

Newmar is recalling certain model year 2015 Ventana, and 2015-2016 Ventana LE vehicles manufactured Jan. 16, 2015, to Jan. 13, 2016, built on Freightliner Chassis, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles may have a front rim maximum pounds per square inch rating of 120 psi which is lower than the Michelin tires maximum inflation rating of 130 psi.

If the tires are inflated to their maximum pressure, the rims may suddenly fail due to being over pressurized, increasing the risk of a crash.

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin March 28. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-574-773-7791.

Newmar also is recalling certain model year 2016 Ventana, and Dutch Star vehicles manufactured March 19, 2015, to Jan. 21, 2016, on Freightliner chassis. The affected vehicles have an “Incomplete Vehicle Label” that incorrectly lists the maximum front tire inflation level to be 130 pounds per square inch, when the correct level is 120 psi.

If the tire is overinflated due to the incorrect label, the tire may unexpectedly fail, increasing the risk of a crash.

Newmar will notify owners, and Freightliner will provide a corrected label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 26. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-574-773-7791.

Forest River

Forest River is recalling certain model year 2016 Surveyor recreational vehicles, model SVF275BHSS, manufactured from Nov. 4, 2015, through Nov. 11, 2015, according to NHTSA. In the affected vehicles, the general circuit receptacle may be incorrectly wired, and as a result, too much current may travel through the receptacle.

Too much electrical current can cause an electrical arc, and potentially electrocute the user.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will repair any wiring, breakers, and other items, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 29. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-3119 extension 205. Forest River’s number for this recall is 37-01152016-0131.

Forest River also is recalling certain model year 2016 Wildcat recreational trailers, models WCF28SGX, WCF29RKP, WCF29RLX, and WCF31SAX, manufactured from Sept. 25, 2015, through Jan. 20, 2016. The affected vehicles may have been produced with an incorrect Federal placard that has an improperly reduced Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) of 3,500 pounds. The correct GAWR is 5,200 pounds. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Incorrect Federal Placard information such as the Gross Axle Weight Rating could lead to reduced handling of the vehicle, potentially leading to loss of control or a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will provide a corrected Federal placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 28. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-862-2071. Forest River’s number for this recall is 23-01262016-0131.

Starcraft

Starcraft RV is recalling certain model year 2016 AR-One toy hauler trailers, model 17XTH, manufactured from Oct. 28, 2015, through Jan. 19, 2016, according to NHTSA. The affected trailers may be equipped with labels that indicate incorrect tire size and tire inflation information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 119, “New Pneumatic Tires-Other than Passenger Cars.”

If the tires are replaced with ones that are of an incorrect size and pressure, the handling of the trailer may be adversely affected or tire failure may occur. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

Starcraft will notify owners and will mail them corrected labels, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Feb. 29. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787. Starcraft’s number for this recall is 9902260.

Highland Ridge

Highland Ridge RV is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Highlander, Mesa Ridge, Roamer, and Journeyer travel trailers manufactured April 7, 2014, to Jan. 11, according to NHTSA. The affected vehicles are equipped with safety chains on the A-frame that are rated for 11,700 pounds instead of being rated equal to or greater than the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the travel trailer.

In the event the main trailer connection fails, the weight of the trailer can break the safety chains if the chains are not strong enough, allowing the trailer to separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Highland will notify owners, and dealers will replace the existing safety chains with chains that have a 16,200-pound rating, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Highland customer service at 1-260-768-7771. Highland’s number for this recall is 9904277.

 

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