NHTSA Issues Latest RV-Related Recalls List

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued recall notices for the following products related to the recreational vehicle industry:

Winnebago is recalling certain model year 2010
View, View Profile, Itasca Navion, and Navion iQ motorhomes manufactured
from April 27, 2009, through January 21, 2010. These vehicles may have a
missing bolt in the driver and/or passenger seats. If a bolt is
missing, the seat and/or seat belt may not function as designed in the
event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury or death. Dealers will
check for the existence and torque of the seat bolts and install and/or
replace as necessary free of charge. The safety recall began on June 30,
2010. Owners may contact Winnebago at 1-641-585-6939.

Fleetwood RV is recalling certain model year 2010
Bounder, Bounder Classic, Fiesta, Southwind and Terra Class A motorhomes
manufactured from March 11, 2010, through March 30, 2010. These
motorhomes were built on Workhorse Custom Chassis and with General Motors
gasoline engines and equipped with Remy alternator. A low resistance
electrical short in the alternator’s voltage regulator may occur. An
electrical short in the alternator may occur without warning possibly
resulting in a vehicle fire. Dealers will inspect and replace the
alternator if necessary free of charge. Navistar/Workhorse
is handling the owner notification and remedy for this campaign. Please
see Navistar/Workhorse’s defect report 10V-158. Owners may contact
Navistar/Workhorse at 1-877-246-7731.

Four Winds is recalling certain model year
2009-2011 Freedom Elite model 21C motorhomes manufactured from February
2009 through May 2010. These motorhomes do not have the required heat
shield over the exhaust as specified by the chassis manufacturer.
Without the heat shield in place heat is not properly dissipated around
the exhaust of the vehicle. This potentially could result in a fire.
Dealers will install a heat shield between the exhaust and the
residential part of the motor home to dissipate any heat accumulation.
This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is
expected to begin during July 2010. Owners may contact Four Winds at
1-800-860-5658.

Forest River is recalling certain model year 2010
Sunseeker and Lexington motorhomes manufactured from November 10,
2009, through June 17, 2010. These motorhomes fail to comply with the
requirement of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety No. 302, “Flammability of
Interior Materials.” Failure to have the fabric treated with the right
flame retardant before shipping. The fabric could burn faster and cause
injury if a fire occurs. Dealers will replace the slip covers or the
cushion if necessary. Also the fabric will be treated with a flame
retardant to assure compliance. This service will be performed free of
charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during July 2010. Owners
may contact Forest River at 1-574-206-7605.

Sprinter is recalling certain model year 2009 and 2010 vehicles manufactured from November 2009 through March 2010 and sold under the Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, and Dodge
brand names. The spring plate that attaches the oil filler neck to the
cylinder-head cover may crack. A crack in the spring plate may result
in engine oil leaking into the engine compartment from the oil filler
neck. Dealers will replace the oil filler neck free of charge.
Mercedes-Benz USA is handling the Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner
Sprinter owner notification and remedy for this campaign, and Chrysler
is handling the Dodge Sprinter owner notification and remedy for this
campaign. The safety recall is expected to begin during September 2010.
Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter owners may contact MBUSA, LLC at
1-877-762-8276, and Dodge Sprinter owners may contact Chrysler at
1-800-992-1997.

Fleetwood RV is recalling certain model year
2010 Encounter and model year 2011 Storm Class A motorhomes manufactured
from December 16, 2009 through May 26, 2010. An emergency egress window
was not installed in the roadside bedroom wall. In the event of a fire
or other emergency, persons in the bedroom area must exit through the
door side bedroom emergency egress window or through the forward entry
door. If the entry door and the door side bedroom emergency egress
windows are blocked, there is no way out of the motor home increasing
the risk of personal injury. Dealers will remove the existing roadside
window and replace it with an emergency egress window. This service will
be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin
during July 2010. Owners may contact Fleetwood Owner Relations at
800-509-3418.

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