Manufacturers Issue Recalls(3)

National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration — Recalls, Defects and Complaints Databases: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov

Coachmen is recalling two model year 2009 Prism Class C
motorhomes built on Chrysler model year 2007 Dodge or Freightliner
Sprinter chassis equipped with 3.0L diesel engines. The crankshaft
position sensor may have been manufactured incorrectly. The engine could
fail, due to separation of bond wires from the lead frame in the
sensor. This results in an interruption in the electrical connection in
the chip housing of the sensor. This could cause the vehicle’s engine to
stall or not start under certain conditions, increasing the risk of a
crash. Coachmen is working with Chrysler to replace the crankshaft
sensors (please see 07V594). The two vehicles involved are still in
Coachmen’s possession and will be remedied prior to being shipped to
dealers. 08V127

Country Coach is recalling 1,228 model year 2004-2008 Magna,
Affinity and Intrigue motorhomes. These motorhomes fail to comply with
the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108,
“Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.” The side marker
lights in the combination headlight and taillight assemblies do not meet
the minimum photometric values specified in the standard. Inadequacy of
the front and rear side marker lights could affect visibility of the
motorhome during hours of darkness that could potentially result in a
crash. Dealers will replace the marker lights on the side of each
motorhome as close as reasonable to the front and rear corners, and
wired into the parklight system. The recall is expected to begin on or
before April 20, 2008. Owners may contact Country Coach at
1-800-547-8015. 08V119

Fleetwood is recalling 166 model year 2008-2009 Pulse and
Icon Class C motorhomes. The Federal certification tag and cargo
carrying capacity tag were printed with an incorrect front gross axle
weight rating (gawr) value of 4,080 pounds. The correct front gawr is
4,410 pounds. The purpose of this part is to specify the content and
location of, and other requirements for, the certification label to be
affixed to motor vehicles to address certification-related duties and
liabilities, and to provide the consumer with information to assist him
or her in determining which of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standards are applicable to the vehicle. Fleetwood will provide correct
federal certification and cargo-carrying capacity tags, as well as
installation instructions to the motorhome owners. If an owner desires,
they can have their dealer replace the tags for them. The recall is
expected to begin during April 2008. Owners may contact Fleetwood at
1-800-509-3418. Fleetwood Recall No. 80310. 08V130

Newell is recalling 156 model year 2003-2008 motorhomes
equipped with Caterpillar C-15 engines and Vicker’s hydraulic pumps. The
hydraulic pump input shaft may not fully engage the engine drive
sprocket, causing failure of the input drive shaft. Loss of power
steering assist could occur, increasing the risk of a crash. Newell will
replace the pump with one equipped with a longer shaft. The recall is
expected to begin during April 2008. Owners may contact Newell at
1-888-963-9355. 08V107

Newell is recalling 65 model year 2006-2007 motorhomes
equipped with a Valid Manufacturing leveling system. The automatic
height control system may inadvertently go into a mode that allows air
to pass from one side to the other side in the rear suspension air bags.
During travel, the coach may lean to one side or the other, increasing
the risk of a crash. Dealers will update the firmware in the electronic
keypad control module located in the dash of the coach. The recall is
expected to begin during April 2008. Owners may contact Newell at
1-888-963-9355. 08V136

Winnebago is recalling 31 model year 2006-2008 Journey,
Voyage, model year 2006-2007 Sightseer, model year 2006 Adventurer,
Minnie Winnie, model year 2007 Access, Tour, Vectra, Itasca Cambria, and
model year 2007-2008 Itasca Horizon motorhomes equipped with Ricon
platform style wheelchair lifts. These motorhomes fail to comply with
the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 404,
“Platform Lift Installations in Motor Vehicles.” The threshold warning
system may not detect the presence of a wheelchair or mobility aid user
in a certain spot within the defined threshold area. The user of the
lift could be injured should the lift move unintentionally. Winnebago is
working with Ricon to correct the wheelchair lifts (please see 07E095).
The recall began April 9, 2008. Owners may contact Ricon at
1-818-267-3000. 08V149

National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration — Recalls, Defects and Complaints Databases: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov

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