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October recall list — including Canada RVs

November 13, 2014 by Russ De Maris | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

WASHINGTON/TORONTO It has been our practice to publish a monthly summary of recalled vehicles we feel of interest to our readers. Previously, this summary has included only information from the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Beginning this month, we are including information on recreational vehicles recalled as listed by Transport Canada. Note, this list may not include all RV recalls from Canada covering the same time period as U.S. recalls; we will cover similar time frames in our next issue.

U.S. Recalls:

Recreational Vehicles:

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2015 19RD (TP) Jay Flight trailers manufactured May 19, 2014, to May 21, 2014. The affected trailers may have been manufactured with the roof ladder installed on the door side of the trailer. This incorrect location does not have a reinforcing backer to hold the ladder to the trailer. If the ladder does not have the support of the backer, when the ladder is used, the screws can pull out of the trailer wall and the ladder may give, increasing the risk of injury to the ladder user. Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the placement of the ladder, and install a backer if the ladder is installed on the wrong side, free of charge. The recall began on September 30, 2014. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901220.

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2015 Jay Flight travel trailers, models 264BHW (7V) and 267BHSW (7W), manufactured April 23, 2014, to June 4, 2014. The affected trailers are equipped with the roof AC option, eliminating the roof vent. As such, since the window does not open, there is inadequate venting for the gases emanating from the range. In the event of a situation where the propane gas continues to flow, if the gas range cannot vent, an ignition source may ignite the propane gas, resulting in a fire. Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the non-opening window with a window that opens, free of charge. The recall began on October 28, 2014. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall 9901221.

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Hideout 308BHDS fifth wheel trailers manufactured October 2, 2013, to August 8, 2014. The affected trailers may have been built with a 120V outlet in the exterior kitchen that is not part of the GFCI protected circuit. An outlet that is not part of the GFCI protected circuit has an increased risk of providing an electrical shock if an electrical fault exists in an appliance plugged into the receptacle. Keystone has notified owners, and dealers will verify that the outside kitchen outlet is on a GFCI circuit, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on September 15, 2014. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 14-216.

Starcraft RV is recalling certain model year 2015 AR-One travel trailers, models 28P, 28R, 28U, 28V, 28S, and 28W, manufactured April 23, 2014, to July 18, 2014. The affected trailers are equipped with the roof AC option, eliminating the roof vent. As such, since there is no widow in the kitchen, there is inadequate venting for the gases emanating from the range. In the event of a situation where the propane gas continues to flow, if the gas range cannot vent, an ignition source may ignite the propane gas, resulting in a fire. Starcraft RV will notify owners, and dealers will install a range hood that vents to the outside of the trailer, free of charge. The recall begin on October 28, 2014. Owners may contact Starcraft RV customer service at 800-945-4787. Starcraft RV’s number for this recall is 9902221.

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling one model year 2008 Aspect WF726A coach, one model year 2010 Vista WFE32K coach and one model year 2012 Vista WFE36D coach. The affected vehicles are equipped with certain model S2005, S2010, S5005, S5010, S5505, or S5510 wheelchair lifts manufactured by Ricon Corporation. The platform side plate of the affected wheelchair lifts may crack. If the platform side plates crack, the lift platform can separate from the lift and come to rest against the vehicle’s lift door. When the doors are opened, the platform may fall out, increasing the risk of injury to the lift operator. Winnebago will notify owners to take the coaches to a Ricon dealer or service center who will install supplemental platform support bumpers. Any platform that has already started cracking will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2014. Owners may contact Ricon customer service at 800-322-2884 or Winnebago customer service at 800-537-1885.

Other Vehicles:

American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2001-2005 Honda Civic, 2003-2004 Civic CNG and Element, 2002-2005 CR-V, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2005 Accord, Pilot, Civic Hybrid, and Acura MDX, 2005 Acura RL and 2006 Honda Ridgeline vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. Specifically, vehicles sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam, and American Samoa are addressed by this recall. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on November 24, 2014. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 800-999-1009.

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2008 Chrysler 300 vehicles manufactured May 31, 2007, to May 12, 2008, Dodge Magnum vehicles manufactured May 23, 2007, to May 12, 2008, Dodge Charger vehicles manufactured May 24, 2007, to May 12, 2008, Jeep Commander vehicles manufactured April 3, 2007, to May 12, 2008, and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured March 21, 2007, to May 12, 2008. In the affected vehicles, the ignition key (FOBIK) may not return to the “ON” position after being rotated to the “START” position, instead sticking between the two positions. Potentially, while the vehicle is being driven, the ignition may inadvertently move through the “RUN” position to the “ACCESSORY” or “OFF” ignition position, turning off the engine. If the ignition stays between “START” and “ON” positions it could cause loss of certain electrical functions. If the ignition key inadvertently moves into the “OFF” or “ACCESSORY” position, the engine will turn off, which will then depower various key safety systems including but not limited to air bags, power steering, and power braking. Loss of functionality of these systems may increase the risk of crash and/or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash. The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P57.

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured February 16, 2010, to July 19, 2013. Corrosion in the exterior heated power mirror electrical connector may result in an electrical short. An electrical short increases the risk of a fire. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will move the exterior mirror power feed to a separate connector, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 5, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P61.

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Durango; and 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured April 22, 2010, to January 2, 2014, and equipped with a 3.6L engine and a 160 amp alternator. In the affected vehicles, the alternator may suddenly fail. If the alternator fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler is expected to begin notifying owners of this recall on November 28, 2014. The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P60.

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Ram 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks manufactured March 27, 2009, to September 5, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the electrical connectors of the diesel fuel heater may overheat. If the connectors overheat, the fuel heater may leak fuel, increasing the risk of a fire. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the harness side connector with a silver plated beryllium copper terminal service kit, and inspect the fuel heater for leaks, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 5, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P65.

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 Dodge Durango, and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured October 3, 2013, to April 11, 2014. Due to an issue with the software for the Steering Column Control Module (SCCM), the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) may be disabled. If the ESC is disabled during certain driving situations, the driver may not be able to adequately control the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the SCCM software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 5, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P64.

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured June 2, 2013, to June 28, 2014, and 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured October 30, 2012, to April 30, 2014. Due to a fault within the Occupant Restraint Control (OCR) module, the frontal air bags, seat belt pretensioners, and side air bags may be disabled. The malfunction indicator light “MIL” should illuminate to initially warn drivers of a failure. If the frontal air bags, seat belt pretensioners, and side air bags are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants in the event of a vehicle crash that necessitates use of the passive restraint system. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ORC module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 8, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P67.

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL, and 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Express, Impala, Silverado HD, Traverse, GMC Acadia, Savana, and Sierra HD vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short. If the module experiences an electrical short, the vehicle could stall, increasing the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chassis electronic module, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 800-521-7300 (Buick), 800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 800-462-8782 (GMC). GM’s number for this recall is 14515.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (Mitsubishi) is recalling certain model year 2011 Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured on September 3, 2010. In the affected vehicles, the switch sleeve in the brake booster may crack and prevent the brake pedal from returning properly. If the pedal is unable to move back to the proper position, the vehicle may not move as expected, increasing the risk of a crash. Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake booster, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in October 2014. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 888-648-7820. Mitsubishi’s number for this recall is SR-14-008.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (Mitsubishi) is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 Outlander vehicles manufactured December 15, 2006, to October 31, 2007, and April 16, 2008, to August 22, 2009. In the affected vehicles, the brake light switch may malfunction causing the brake lights to not illuminate during brake application. Brake lights that are inoperative would not warn other drivers that the vehicle is stopping, increasing the risk of a crash. Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake light switch with a new one, free of charge. The recall began in mid-October 2014. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 888-648-7820. Mitsubishi’s number for this recall is SR-14-010. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 08V-680 and does not include any vehicles that were previously recalled.

Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Nissan Pathfinder, 2004-2006 Nissan Sentra, 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35 and FX45, 2003-2004 Infiniti I35, and 2006 Infiniti M35 and M45 vehicles originally sold, or currently registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. Specifically, vehicles sold, or currently registered, in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Florida and adjacent counties in southern Georgia, as well as the coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 800-647-7261.

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2015 Outback vehicles manufactured January 22, 2014, to August 18, 2014, and equipped with a Subaru accessory trailer hitch assembly. During installation, the trailer hitch mounting nuts may have been overtightened, potentially resulting in failure of the trailer hitch mounting studs. The mounting nut(s) may not provide sufficient force to remain attached to the studs or the studs themselves might break. If this were to happen while a trailer is being towed, the driver might not be able to operate the vehicle as desired or the trailer may detach from the vehicle. Either situation could increase the risk of a crash. Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace all eight mounting nuts for the trailer hitch assembly, and will inspect all eight mounting studs for damage, free of charge. The recall began on October 7, 2014. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WQN-50.

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2014 Toyota Avalon, Camry, Sienna, and Highlander and model year 2015 Lexus RX350 vehicles. Fuel may leak from the one of the fuel delivery pipes in the engine compartment. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace any of the suspect fuel delivery pipes free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during November 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331.

Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2002-2005 Lexus SC and Toyota Sequoia and 2003-2005 Toyota Tundra, Corolla, Corolla Matrix and Pontiac Vibe vehicles that were originally sold, or are currently registered, in Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. The inflators in the front passenger air bags are susceptible to rupture in the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the front passenger air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front passenger’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants. Toyota will notify owners of affected Toyota and Lexus vehicles and General Motors will notify owners of affected Pontiac Vibe vehicles. Toyota, Lexus, and GM dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflator, free of charge. If a replacement inflator is not available, as an interim measure, the dealer will disable the front passenger air bag and advise the customer not to use the front passenger seat until a replacement inflator is installed. Toyota will begin its owner notification and remedy of the affected Toyota and Lexus vehicles on or around October 25, 2014. Details on GM’s notification and remedy schedule are pending. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331. Pontiac Vibe owners may contact GM at 800-521-7300.

Canada RV Recalls:

AIRSTREAM CLASSIC 2014 2015; AIRSTREAM EDDIE BAUER 2014 2015; AIRSTREAM FLYING CLOUD 2014 2015; AIRSTREAM INTERNATIONAL 2014 2015; AIRSTREAM LAND YACHT 2014 2015; AIRSTREAM SPORT 2014 2015; Transport Canada Recall # 2014487 Recall Date 2014/10/30 Manufacturer Recall Number (None given) Units Affected The number of vehicles or components affected by the recall. 55 Category Travel Trailer Recall Details: On certain travel trailers, electrical connections for the power inlet receptable may not have been adequately tightened at time of assembly. This could cause excessive heat buildup at the connections and a possible short circuit, potentially resulting in a fire causing injury and/or damage to property. Correction: Dealers will inspect connections and repair/replace as necessary.

JAYCO EAGLE HT FIFTH WHEEL TRAILER 2014 Transport Canada Recall # 2014496 Recall Date 2014/11/03 Manufacturer Recall Number (None given) Units Affected The number of vehicles or components affected by the recall. 48 Category Travel Trailer. Recall Details: On certain fifth wheel trailers, the Compliance, Tire information, and Cargo Carrying Capacity labels do not contain correct cargo carrying capacity information. As a result, the vehicle may be overloaded inadvertently, leading to poor vehicle handling characteristics, which could result in a crash causing property damage and/or personal injury. Correction: Updated labels will be mailed to owners of affected vehicles, along with instructions for proper installation.

JAY FLIGHT TRAVEL TRAILER 2015 Transport Canada Recall # 2014497 Recall Date 2014/11/03 Manufacturer Recall Number (None given) Units Affected The number of vehicles or components affected by the recall. 211 Category Travel Trailer Recall Details: On certain travel trailers, the Compliance, Tire information, and Cargo Carrying Capacity labels do not contain correct cargo carrying capacity information. As a result, the vehicle may be overloaded inadvertently, leading to poor vehicle handling characteristics, which could result in a crash causing property damage and/or personal injury. Correction: Updated labels will be mailed to owners of affected vehicles, along with instructions for proper installation.

KEYSTONE LAREDO 2015. Transport Canada Recall # 2014499 Recall Date: 2014/11/03 Manufacturer Recall Number 14-219 Units Affected The number of vehicles or components affected by the recall. 87 Category Travel Trailer Recall Details: On certain travel trailers during assembly, a 12 volt mini breaker was located too close to the propane cylinder. If the propane cylinder rubs against the rubber boot of the breaker, it could wear through and cause a short. This could result in an increased risk of fire causing injury and/or damage to property. Correction: Dealers will relocate the breaker away from the propane cylinder.

THOR MOTOR COACH CHATEAU 2015; THOR MOTOR COACH CHATEAU CITATION 2015;THOR MOTOR COACH FOUR WINDS 5000 2015;THOR MOTOR COACH FOUR WINDS SIESTA 2015;THOR MOTOR COACH FREEDOM ELITE 2015; THOR MOTOR COACH HURRICANE 2015; THOR MOTOR COACH MIRAMAR 2015; THOR MOTOR COACH WINDSPORT 2015; Transport Canada Recall # 2014493 Recall Date 2014/11/03 Manufacturer Recall Number RC000095 Units Affected The number of vehicles or components affected by the recall. 8 Category Motorhome Recall Details: On certain motorhomes outfitted with Carefree awnings, the mounting bracket that secures the awning to the motorhome can crack and break apart. If the mounting bracket were to break apart, the awning can collapse, which could strike another vehicle, a stationary object, or a bystander, causing injury and/or property damage. Correction: Dealers will remove and replace the mounting brackets. Manufacturer Name Toll Free Number Web Site THOR MOTOR COACH 800-860-5658 WWW.THORMOTORCOACH.COM

Note: Transport Canada did not provide customer contact phone information except where noted above.

Please note: This may not be a complete list of recalls for either the U.S. or Canada. If you have any question as to whether or not a specific vehicle is included in a recall, please visit the appropriate

Suspect named in vandalism case at western national parks

October 29, 2014 by chuck | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

WASHINGTON, October 29, 2014 — A 21-year-old New York State woman, Casey Nocket, has been identified as the primary suspect in recent vandalism cases that affect eight national parks in the western United States.

National Park Service investigators have confirmed that images were painted on rocks and boulders in Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Joshua Tree National Park, all in California; Rocky Mountain National Park and Colorado National Monument, both in Colorado; Crater Lake National Park, in Oregon; Zion National Park and Canyonlands National Park, both in Utah.

Investigators continue to collect evidence of the crimes, conduct interviews, and are consulting with the U.S. Attorney’s Office about potential charges.

The image in Rocky Mountain National Park was reported to the park and removed in late September before similar images were found in the other national parks.

Ice and snow now cover the image at Crater Lake National Park, and it may not be accessible for assessment and clean up until next summer.

An image in Yosemite National Park was removed by an unknown person or persons.

If people visiting these parks come upon these images, they should contact the nearest park ranger with information about the image location. Visitors should not attempt to remove the images.

The National Park Service was contacted on October 20 about this vandalism case. The investigation began immediately.

Top 50 RV retailers named by RV Business

October 27, 2014 by chuck | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

The newest class of U.S. and Canadian RV retailers slated to receive 2014 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards during a Nov. 12, 2014 evening reception at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas is a virtual “Who’s Who” of U.S. and Canadian RV retailing — from smaller family-held stores to emerging independent chains during an era of rapid industry consolidation.

“This program is unique in that it doesn’t focus solely on sales,” reports RVB Publisher Sherman Goldenberg. “We understand what makes a dealership truly great is not just what it does, but how it gets the job done. These dealers were selected for outstanding personal customer service, along with sound business practices and forward-thinking philosophies.”

Here’s a look at the entire 2014 class (in alphabetical order):
• Alliance Coach RV Sales & Service, Wildwood, Fla.
• Alpin Haus, Amsterdam, N.Y.
• American RV Sales & Service, Grand Rapids, Mich.
• ArrKann Trailer & RV Centre, Edmonton, Alberta
• Beckley’s Camping Center, Thurmont, Md.
• Bill Plemmons RV World, Rural Hall, N.C.
• Bob Ledford’s RV & Marine, Greer, S.C.
• Bucars RV Centre, Balzac, Alberta
• Burlington RV Superstore, Sturtevant, Wis.
• Campers Inn, Kingston, N.H.
• Carolina Coach & Camper, Claremont, N.C.
• Chemo RV Sales & Service, 150 Mile House, British Columbia
• Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales, Ellwood City, Pa.
• Coachlight RV Sales, Carthage, Mo.
• Coates RV Center, Columbus, Minn.
• Colonial Airstream, Lakewood, N.J.
• Crestview RV Center, Buda, Texas
• Curtis Trailers, Portland, Ore.
• Dandy RV Superstore, Anniston, Ala.
• ExploreUSA RV Supercenter, Plano, Texas
• General RV Centers, Wixom, Mich.
• Guaranty RV Centers, Junction City, Ore.
• Ketelsen Campers of Colorado, Wheat Ridge, Colo.
• La Mesa RV Center, San Diego, Calif.
• Lazydays RV, Seffner, Fla.
• Lifestyle RVs, Grain Valley, Mo.
• Little Dealer Little Prices, Phoenix, Ariz.
• McClain’s RV Superstore, Oklahoma City, Okla.
• Mike Thompson’s RV Super Stores, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
• Minard’s Leisure World, Weyburn, Saskatchewan
• Modern Trailer Sales, Anderson, Ind.
• Mount Comfort RV, Greenfield, Ind.
• Noble RV, Owatonna, Minn.
• Parkview RV Center, Smyrna, Del.
• PleasureLand RV Center, Saint Cloud, Minn.
• Poulsbo RV, Kent, Wash.
• Richardson’s RV Centers, Menifee, Calif.
• RV City, Morinville, Alberta
• Steinbring Motorcoach, Garfield, Minn.
• Tacoma RV, Fife, Wash.
• Tennessee RV Supercenter, Knoxville, Tenn.
• Thompson Family RV, Davenport, Iowa
• Tom Johnson Camping Center, Marion, N.C.
• Tom Stinnett Derby City RV, Clarksville, Ind.
• Topper’s Camping Center, Waller, Texas
• Veurinks’ RV Center, Grand Rapids, Mich.
• Walnut Ridge Family RV Sales, New Castle, Ind.
• Wilkins Recreational Vehicles Inc., Bath, N.Y.
• Windish RV Center, Lakewood, Colo.
• Woody’s RV World, Calgary, Alberta