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Bad air gauge forces recall on some Newmar motorhomes

October 29, 2013 by Russ De Maris | Filed under Misc..

Washington DC – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall notice affecting owners of some Newmar motorhomes.

Newmar Corporation is recalling 31 model year 2012 Essex and King Aire motorhomes manufactured Dec. 15, 2010, through Aug. 15, 2011 on a Spartan Motors chassis. These vehicles are equipped with Ametek air pressure gauges that may exceed the air brake pressure accuracy requirements of plus or minus seven percent. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, No. 121, “Air Brake Systems.”

A low air pressure condition may appear safe to the driver, leaving the operator ignorant of the true condition of the vehicle’s air brake system, increasing the risk of a crash.

Spartan Motors will notify the affected owners on behalf of Newmar Corporation. Spartan Motors dealers will replace the air pressure gauge. A notification schedule has not yet been provided. Owners may contact Newmar Corporation at 574-773-7791 or Spartan Motors at 800-582-3454.

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