Sam Alert: Latest RV-Related Recalls from NHTSA
Xantrex Technology has decided that certain Freedom SW 3000 electric inverters/charges sold as aftermarket equipment and also installed as original equipment in some recreational vehicles contain a safety defect. Due to poor soldering in close proximity to inadequately torqued bus bars in the product, melted solder can result in a short circuit failure. A short circuit can result in the unit overheating, possibly resulting in a fire. Xantrex will notify the owners of the aftermarket equipment and will repair or replace the units free of charge. The safety recall began on July 30, 2010. Owners may contact Xantrex at 1-800-670-0707.
Suburan is recalling certain gas cook stoves with sealed burners and oven manufactured from November 2, 2009, through July 31, 2010, sold as aftermarket equipment and sold as originally installed equipment on various recreational vehicles. The units involved use an aluminum tube to carry liquid propane gas from the over control valve to the gas orifice which supplies gas to the burner. The tube may break resulting in a gas leak. A gas leak occurring in the area of the oven pilot can cause a flash when the gas ignites, and would cause a fire if the oven valve is not properly turned off. Suburban will notify owners of record who purchased the equipment as aftermarket and will repair the units free of charge. Suburban will notify the vehicle manufactures on whose vehicles the equipment was installed as original equipment and coordinate with those manufacturers to have their owners notified and the free remedy provided. Owners may contact Suburban at 1-423-775-2131.
MCI is recalling certain model year 2001-2004 E4500, model year 2002-2006 E4500C, model year 2001- 2005 J4500, and model year 2006 J4500C motor coaches equipped with SE-GI passenger windows. The adhesive bond between the window glass and the aluminum window frame on the affected coaches may degrade. If the window glass becomes partially or completely debonded from its frame, the window glass may detach and fall from the coach and cause personal injury or property damage. Dealers will inspect, test, and repair, as necessary, the SE-GI window assemblies free of charge. The safety recall began on August 23, 2010. Owners may contact MCI Customer Service at 1-800-241-2947. MCI’s recall campaign 348.
Winnebago is recalling certain model year 2011 Vista and Itasca Sunstar motorhomes manufactured from March 16, 2010, through August 12, 2010. These vehicles may have the potential for a cable that powers the slideout room to make contact with the driveshaft when the slideout is retracted. If this cable makes contact with the driveshaft, it could wear the protective jacket and insulation off the cable exposing the conductors to the driveshaft and electrifying the chassis, which could result in personal injury or death. Dealers will install a driveshaft closeout panel between the chassis frame rails to protect and support the wire harness. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before September 31, 2010. Owners may contact Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885.
Did you know as an exclusive member benefit, you can register your vehicle information with The Good Sam Club? We in turn track the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) safety recall information on a weekly basis. If we receive a notice that matches your vehicle, or is similar to the vehicle information you gave us, we’ll notify you by e-mail.