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Summary of July recall list

July 29, 2014 by Russ De Maris | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

Here is a summary of recalls published by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration during the month of July. Please note, this is not a complete list of recalls, but a summary of those we feel of interest to the RVing community.

Recreational Vehicles

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. (Gulf Stream) is recalling certain model year 2014 Canyon Trail, Sedona, Kingsport, and Trail Master fifth wheel and travel trailers. In the affected vehicles, the rivets attaching the supports for the entry steps may fail, causing the steps to give when being used. If the steps move during use, the user may slip or fall, increasing the risk of injury. Gulf Stream will notify owners, and dealers will replace the support attaching rivets with bolts, free of charge. The recall began on July 22, 2014. Owners may contact Gulf Stream customer service at 800-289-8787. Gulf Stream’s number for this recall is FS110614.

Winnebago Industries, Inc (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Winnebago Travato, Trend, and Itasca Viva motorhomes manufactured November 13, 2013 through June 9, 2014, built on Ram ProMaster chassis. The affected vehicles may experience circuit corrosion from water intrusion around the in-floor battery cover and door footwell trim. This water intrusion may affect the running of the vehicle and disable the air bags, stop lamps, turn signals, backup lights, and/or door locks, increasing the risk of a crash as well as injury to the occupants if the air bags do not deploy. Chrysler on behalf of Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will inspect all the connectors in the footwell areas, the ignition fuse and the occupant restraint control (ORC) module for corrosion, if corrosion is found, dealers will repair the connectors in the footwell area and the ignition fuse, and replace the ORC module. Chrysler will also install a water barrier sealer on the floor, add di-electric grease to all footwell connectors and replace the body plug. The in-floor battery ignition fuse will be relocated, and add di-electric grease to the ORC module connector. These repairs will be performed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403 or Winnebago customer service at 800-537-1885. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P32.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 Allegro, 2010-2011 Bus and Breeze, and 2008-2011 Phaeton and Zephyr recreational vehicles, equipped with LED clearance lights made by Command Electronics, Inc. In the affected vehicles, moisture may enter the light and cause a short between two connections on the circuit board. A short in the circuit board increases the risk of a fire. Tiffin will notify owners, and dealers will install a one amp inline fuse into the front and rear circuits that will blow if there is a short in any of the clearance lights, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 256-356-8661.

Starcraft RV, Inc. (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2014 Autumn Ridge, AR-ONE, and Travel Star Exp trailers manufactured February 13, 2014, through February 24, 2014. The affected trailers may have been built with frame spring hangers that may be brittle and susceptible to fracturing. A spring hanger that fractures may result in a loss of control of the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash. Starcraft will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the frame spring hangers, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on July 7, 2014. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 800-945-4787.

Viking RV, LLC (Viking) is recalling certain model year 2014 Viking Epic 1706LS and Coachmen Sport 806LS recreational trailers manufactured January 16, 2014, through May 28, 2014. The affected vehicles incorrectly list the recommended tire air pressure as 90PSI instead of 60PSI on the Federal Certification Tag and Tire Information Tag. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 119, “New Pneumatic Tires for Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars.” If the tires are filled to the air pressure indicated on the current label, there is an increased risk of a tire blowout which may result in a crash. Viking has notified owners, and has mailed owners corrected labels, free of charge. The recall began on June 16, 2014. Owners may contact Viking customer service at 800-368-2829.

Allied Recreation Group, Inc. (Allied) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 American Coach-brand American Eagle and American Revolution and certain 2013 American Tradition motor homes equipped with certain Villa ISS GSK powered driver and passenger seats. The seat belt attachment may be incorrect and the seat belt may fray if it rubs along a steel bracket in the seat, reducing its strength. As such, these seats do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 209, “Seat Belt Assemblies.” The weakened seat belt may fail to properly restrain the seat occupant in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Allied will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat belt attachment hardware and if necessary, reinstall the seat belts using new hardware and a protective sheath on the retractor side of the belt. In addition, the seat belt webbing of the affected seats will be inspected, and will be replaced if damage has resulted from an incorrect installation. Inspections and necessary repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact American Coach Owner Relations at 800-435-7345. Allied’s number for this recall is 140609ARG.

Viking RV, LLC (Viking) is recalling certain model year 2014 Viking Epic 1906, Epic 1906ST, Epic 2107, Epic CWS8, and Epic CWS10, and Coachmen Sport 106, Sport 106ST, and Sport 107 recreational trailers, manufactured November 20, 2013, through May 28, 2014. The affected vehicles incorrectly list the recommended tire air pressure as 65PSI instead of 60PSI on the Federal Certification Tag and Tire Information Tag. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 119, “New Pneumatic Tires for Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars.” If the tires are filled to the air pressure indicated on the current label, there is an increased risk of a tire blowout which may result in a crash. Viking has notified owners, and has mailed owners corrected labels, free of charge. The recall began in June 2014. Owners may contact Viking customer service at 800-368-2829.

 Pickup Trucks

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra vehicles, and model year 2015 GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe vehicles. In the affected vehicles, an electrical signal short may cause the transfer case to shift to neutral without the driver’s input. If the transfer case switches to neutral while the vehicle is parked and the parking brake is not in use, the vehicle may roll away increasing the risk of injury to bystanders. If the transfer case switches to neutral while the vehicle is being driven, the vehicle would lose drive power, increasing the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will re-program the software in the transfer case control module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 800-462-8782 (GMC). GM’s number for this recall is 14192.

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD vehicles manufactured October 1, 2013 to June 6, 2014, and 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD vehicles manufactured September 30, 2013, to June 6, 2014. The power steering hose clamp may disconnect from the power steering pump or gear, causing a loss of power steering fluid. A loss of power steering fluid could result in a loss of power steering assist and power brake assist, increasing the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure the power steering hose clamps are properly secured, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in ealry August 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 800-222-1020 (Chevrolet) or 800-462-8782 (GMC). GM’s number for this recall is 14356.

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vehicles manufactured May 15, 2013, to January 29, 2014, and GMC Sierra vehicles manufactured September 19, 2013, to February 8, 2014, and equipped with both optional accessory all-weather floor mats (option RPO VAV) and optional vinyl flooring (option RPO BG9). The affected vehicles built with the vinyl flooring option do not have the retention features necessary to properly secure the floor mat on the driver’s side. he floor mat could shift such that it could interfere with the accelerator pedal, preventing its return to an idle position, which could result in unintended vehicle speeds, increasing the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and reimburse the owner for the purchase price upon their return. The owners will also be provided an insert for their owners manual instructing them not to use floor mats, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 800-222-1020 (Chevrolet) or 800-462-8782 (GMC). GM’s number for this recall is 14310.

Other Vehicles

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured February 11, 2004, to July 5, 2007, and 2006-2007 Jeep Commander vehicles manufactured January 31, 2005, to July 5, 2007. In the affected vehicles, the driver may accidentally hit the ignition key with their knee, unintentionally knocking the key out of the run position, turning off the engine. 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. This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, drivers should adjust their seat to allow clearance between the driver’s knee and the ignition key, and remove all items from their key ring, leaving only the vehicle key. Chrysler will notify owners in September 2014. The remedy for this recall is still under development. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P41.

Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured April 25, 2014, through June 16, 2014. Due to a manufacturing error, one or both of the front brake calipers may fracture. If a brake caliper fractures, brake effectiveness would be reduced, lengthening to distance required to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Hyundai contacted the affected owners on June 19, 2014 and instructed them not to drive their vehicles. Hyundai dealers will replace the affected brake calipers, free of charge. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 800-633-5151. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 120.

Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2002-2003 Nissan Maxima, Pathfinder and Infiniti I35 and QX4, as well as 2002-2004 Nissan Sentra and 2003 Infiniti FX vehicles, to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. This recall addresses both the passenger side frontal air bags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement air bags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement air bag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger side frontal air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants. Owners of all vehicles on which a defective air bag may have been installed either as original equipment, or as a replacement, will be notified. Dealers will inspect vehicles, and where a defective air bag inflator is identified, the inflator will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 11, 2014. Owners may contact Nissan Customer Service at 800-647-7261. Note: This recall is an expansion of NHTSA Recall No. 13V-136.

Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2014 Kia Soul vehicles manufactured July 21, 2013, through January 17, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the plug that secures the pinion gear to the steering gear assembly may loosen due to an improper application of thread-locking adhesive during the assembly process. As a result, the pinion gear can separate from the steering gear assembly, causing a loss of steering, thereby increasing the risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the pinion plug with a new pinion plug which has properly applied thread-locking adhesive, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC108.

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Dodge Journey vehicles manufactured June 29, 2007, to June 17, 2010, and 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country vehicles manufactured January 26, 2007, to June 17, 2010. Road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. 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. This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will modify the ignition switch, free of charge. 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 L25. Note: This is an expansion of recall 11V-139.

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Outback and Legacy, 2008-2011 Impreza and 2008-2014 Impreza WRX/STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, 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. Salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines. Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage. Fluid leakage may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will test the brake system by depressing the brake pedal and inspecting for brake fluid leaks. If no brake fluid seepage is observed, the affected areas will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If brake fluid seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced followed by rustproofing with anti-corrosion wax. These services will be performed free of charge. The recall began July 2014 and second notifications will run through November 2014. Owners may contact Subaru at 800-782-2783. Subaru’s recall campaign number is WQK-47. Note: This recall supersedes recall 13V-110 which applied to certain 2005-2009 Legacy/Outback vehicles. Vehicles that were remedied under the previous campaign still need additional areas rust-proofed.

Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Elantra Touring vehicles manufactured December 15, 2009, through May 7, 2012. The affected vehicles have a support bracket attached to the headliner that may become displaced during a side curtain airbag deployment. If the headliner support bracket makes contact with an occupant during a crash, it may cause a laceration injury. Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will apply adhesive strips to the headliner, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-August 2014. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 800-633-5151. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 117.

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is conducting a recall of certain model year 2003-2004 Legacy, Outback, and Baja vehicles as well as certain 2004 Impreza (including WRX/STI) vehicles, equipped with Takata-brand front passenger air bag inflators. 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. Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru at 800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WQL-48.

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 5, 2010, through December 11, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor may short circuit, after a service repair is performed. If the vanity lamp wiring shorts, there is an increased risk of fire. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair any damaged wiring, and install a new sun visor that properly routes the wire, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P36.

New Fleetwood Bounder features spacious floor plan

July 10, 2014 by chuck | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

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Founded on the idea of functionality and superior storage, the 34T floorplan is an excellent fit for the Bounder line-up. With comfortable Flexsteel furniture arranged in an opposing seating layout and a mid-ship Sony 40″ LED TV, the 34T is both practical and comfortable. An optional electric fireplace provides warmth on cool nights, and energy efficient LED lighting throughout adds to the ambiance. Composite tile flooring with cabinet side heat ducting also enhance the style and comfort of the Bounder 34T. Also, the coach comes standard with dual-pane windows for additional comfort.

The spaciousness of the Bounder 34T continues into the galley with its ergonomic design and optional residential, French-door-style refrigerator. The private split bathroom with dual sinks features a large one-piece fiberglass shower with an integrated seat.

“With the addition of another floor plan to our growing Bounder brand, we’re able to provide customers with a wide array of layouts to select from,” commented Lenny Razo, Fleetwood RV Director of Sales for the Eastern Region.

According to Statistical Surveys, Inc., Bounder retail sales are up 28.3 percent year to date. To view the 2015 Bounder 34T, visit http://fleetwoodrv.com/bounder.

Winnebago debuts pink travel trailer to support breast cancer awareness

July 8, 2014 by chuck | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

winnie pink Winnebago debuts pink travel trailer to support breast cancer awarenessFOREST CITY, Iowa, July 8, 2014 – RV maker Winnebago Industries has debuted a bright pink Minnie travel trailer in support of breast cancer awareness. A $1,000 donation will be made to the American Cancer Society for every pink Minnie sold.

“We feel very strongly about supporting the fight against breast cancer,” said Winnebago Towables President Johnny Hernandez. “This disease primarily affects women, and these women are our grandmothers, mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, and aunts, which means this disease impacts virtually all of our lives.”

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and over 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year. “The pink Minnie with the breast cancer awareness ribbons is a special option that will be available through this fall on our six popular Minnie floorplans.”

“We’re thankful for the generosity of Winnebago and their support in helping us finish the fight against breast cancer,” said Cinda White, senior representative, community engagement for the American Cancer Society. “With the help of supporters like Winnebago, the progress we’re making against breast cancer is remarkable, and we won’t stop until we end this disease.’

Further information on the pink Breast Cancer Awareness Minnie may be found at www.winnebagotowables.com.