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November 2014 recall list

December 8, 2014 by Russ De Maris | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

WASHINGTON/TORONTO Here is our monthly summary of recalled vehicles we feel of interest to our readers. This information has been gleaned from the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and by Transport Canada. This is NOT a complete list of all vehicles recalled by either agency.

U.S. Recalls:

Recreational Vehicles:

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Salem and Wildwood T174BH recreational vehicles manufactured September 18, 2013, to August 29, 2014. The affected vehicles may have an incorrect Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) on the certification and tire information labels. As such, the vehicles do not conform to Part 567, “Certification.” If the trailer is loaded to the specifications listed on the label, tire failure may result, increasing the risk of a crash. Forest River will notify owners, and will provide corrected labels to the owners, free of charge. The recall began on November 11, 2014. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 800-353-7383. Forest River’s number for this recall is 2014-PLT6.

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2015 Dutchmen Rubicon trailers manufactured August 22, 2014, to September 17, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been assembled with the clamp installed incorrectly on the fuel line at the generator fuel filter and the fuel tank. As a result, the fuel line may disconnect. If the fuel line at the generator fuel filter and fuel tank disconnects, fuel may leak, increasing the risk of a fire. Keystone has notified owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel line clamp on the generator and the fuel tank and reposition it, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on October 17, 2014. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 14-218.

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Dutchmen Aerolite, and Dutchmen Denali travel trailers manufactured December 2, 2013, to September 11, 2014. The affected trailers may have been produced with a 12V breaker that is located near the battery, but may not have been connected to the protected terminal breaker. Should the 12V breaker experience an electrical short, a vehicle fire could occur. Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will verify the wiring to the breakers is connected to the protected terminal and/or remedy the connection, free of charge. The recall began November 5, 2014. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 219-642-4590. Keystone’s number for this recall is 14-217.

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2007-2012 Bay Star, Ventana VT/VL, Dutch Aire, Dutch Star, All-Star, Mountain Aire, and Essex motorhomes manufactured January 16, 2007, to May 24, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the circuit breaker for the refrigerator heated water line may be incorrect for the amperage draw. A circuit breaker that is incorrectly rated for the amperage need increases the risk of a fire. Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the motorhome and verify that the circuit breaker rating is correct for the amperage draw, free of charge. The recall began November 6, 2014. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 800-731-8300.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Allegro Bus 45 foot LP, 37 foot, and 40 foot motorhomes. In the affected vehicles, the Federal Certification label incorrectly states the front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). As such, the vehicles do not conform to Part 567, “Certification.” If the motorhome is loaded to the incorrect specifications listed on the label, tire failure may result, increasing the risk of a crash. Tiffin will notify owners and send a corrected sticker for the customer to put over the incorrect sticker, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2014. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 256-356-8661.

Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain model year 2015 Aspire and Anthem Class A motorhomes manufactured July 18, 2014, to September 17, 2014. The Cummins ISB or ISL engines in these vehicles may have been equipped with Fleetguard UFF-XT fuel filters, part number FF63009, whose filter shell may separate from the fuel filter nut plate causing the engine to stall without warning. If the engine stalls unexpectedly there is an increased risk of a crash. Entegra will notify owners, and Spartan Chassis dealers will work with Cummins to replace the fuel filter with a non-defective one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on in November 2014. Owners may contact Entegra customer service at 800-945-4787.

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Essex motorhomes manufactured February 15, 2013, to June 4, 2014, and built on Freightliner chassis. In the affected vehicles, the rear axle jack mounting bracket may be attached too close to the rear suspension air bag.The rear axle mounting bracket may rub against the suspension air bag resulting in the air bag leaking air and a suspension collapse, increasing the risk of a crash. Newmar has notified owners, and dealers will provide a clearance gap between the bracket and air bag, free of charge. The recall began in November 2014. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 800-731-8300.

Other vehicles:

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured March 20, 2014, to April 22, 2014, and 2014 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured March 21, 2014, to April 22, 2014. Due to a software error, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) may fail to learn the locations of the individual sensors while the vehicle is being driven. As a result, the low tire pressure warning light will illuminate, despite the the tire pressures being within specification. Should one of the tires lose air pressure, the driver would not be notified of the change in air pressure. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 138, “Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.” If the TPMS light illuminates because the sensors cannot be located, it could mask an actual low tire pressure condition, possibly resulting in tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler has notified owners, and dealers will reprogram the TPMS module, free of charge. The recall began on October 23, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P63.

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Lincoln MKX, and Ford Edge vehicles, manufactured June 15, 2006, to September 22, 2008, and originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Due to corrosion from salt water exposure such as from road salt use, the affected vehicles may leak fuel from the fuel tank seam weld under the tank mounting reinforcement brackets. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. Ford will notify owners. The remedy is currently being developed. The recall is expected to begin on December 8, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 14S22.

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon vehicles manufactured January 6, 2014, to October 1, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the driver air bag connections may have been wired incorrectly. This could reverse the deployment sequence and disrupt the deployment timing of the driver air bag. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.” If the driver air bag does not deploy as designed, there is an increased risk of driver injury in the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment. GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the inflatable restraint sensing and diagnostic module (SDM), free of charge. The recall began on October 6, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 800-222-1020 (Chevrolet) or 800-462-8782 (GMC). GM’s number for this recall is 14690.

Gulf States Toyota, Inc. (Gulf States) is recalling certain model year 2015 Toyota Tacoma vehicles manufactured September 2, 2014, to October 15, 2014. The affected vehicles may contain an incorrect Load Carrying Capacity Modification Label. As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, “Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars.” An incorrect label may result in the vehicle being overloaded, increasing the risk of a crash. Gulf States has notified owners, and dealers will install an accurate label, free of charge. The recall began December 1, 2014. Owners may contact Gulf States customer service at 800-444-1074.

Tires:

ITG Voma Corporation (ITG Voma) is recalling certain Capitol Precision Trac II tires, sizes 245/70R17, 235/70R16, 235/75R15, 245/70R16, 245/75R16, 255/70R16, and 265/75R16. The affected tires may experience a tread separation. A tire tread separation may result in sudden air loss, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. ITG Voma will notify the distributor, American Tire Distributors, and dealers will replace the affected tires, free of charge. The recall began in October 2014. Owners may contact American Tire Distributors at 704-992-2000.

Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas, Inc. (Toyo) is recalling certain OPEN Country H/T Tuff Duty tires, sizes LT235/85 R16 120Q, LT245/75 R16 120R, LT265/75 R16 123Q, LT265/70 R17 121R, LT225/75 R17 116Q, LT235/80 R17 120R, LT285/75 R16 126Q, and Nitto Dura Grappler Highway Terrain Dura-Belt sizes LT245/75 R17 121Q, LT265/70 R17 121Q, LT265/75 R16 123Q, and LT275/65 R18 123Q. Due to stress on the belt edge, the affected tires may experience tread/belt separation. Tread/belt separation may result in a sudden loss of tire inflation pressure, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyo will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2014. Owners may contact Toyo customer service at 800-442-8696.

Canada Recalls (Recreational Vehicles Only):

DUTCHMEN AEROLITE 2014, 2015 DUTCHMEN RUBICON 2014, 2015 Recall Date 2014/11/13. Manufacturer Recall Number 14-217. Units Affected :The number of vehicles or components affected by the recall: 370. Recall Details: On certain travel trailers, the wiring to the 12V breakers located by the battery may not be connected to the protected terminal of the breaker. This could result in an electrical short on the unprotected circuit, increasing the risk of a fire causing injury and/or damage to property. Correction: Dealers will verify the wiring to the breakers is connected to the protected terminal, and if not, make the necessary correction.

FLEETWOOD RV, BOUNDER CLASSIC, 2014 Transport Canada Recall # 2014520 Recall Date 2014/11/17 Manufacturer Recall Number 141107ARG. Units Affected: The number of vehicles or components affected by the recall, 5. Recall Details: On certain motorhomes, a grab bar mounted to the inside of the sidewall has inadequate structural reinforcement at the installation area. This may allow the grab bar to be pulled loose from the wall during use, which could result in a fall and/or injury. Correction: Dealers will remove and reinstall the grab bar so that it is mounted to a reinforcement steel plate.

FOREST RIVER SALEM 2014. FOREST RIVER WILDWOOD 2014 Recall Date 2014/11/13 Manufacturer Recall Number (None Listed). Units Affected: The number of vehicles or components affected by the recall:8. Recall Details: On certain travel trailers, the certification label may not contain the correct Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The GAWR is correctly stated as 1,588 kg (3,500 lbs) however the number of axles was represented as two instead of one axle. Therefore the GVWR was incorrectly stated as 3,397 kg (7,489 lbs). The correct GVWR is 1,809 kg (3,989 lbs). Incorrect GVWR could result in overloading, potentially causing damage to trailer and affecting vehicle handling. This could increase the risk of a crash causing property damage and/or personal injury. Correction: Updated labels will be mailed to owners of affected trailers.

Updated 12/9/2014 1016 MT, correcting format errors.

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.