The outdoors is supposed to be a place of fun, relaxation, and adventure. However, a defect or missing part in a recreational vehicle can change all that. One bad piece can get a person hurt. So, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, does its best to examine vehicles for possible safety hazards. To that end, the organization has issued a recall for numerous recreation vehicles. They hope to get the word out before somebody’s Summer fun turns into sadness.
Winnebago – Recall for emergency exit window
According to the NHTSA press release, the first recall on the list is for Winnebago. Specifically, the 2019-2020 Micro Minnie 5 wheel travel trailers may not have emergency exit windows installed in the bedroom. There are potentially 267 units affected. Winnebago will notify owners, and a fix will be provided free of charge. Winnebago’s customer service can be reached at 1-574-825-5280 extension 5220.
Thor Motor Coach – Recall for chair pedestal bolts
The next recall is for Thor Motor Coach. Certain 2020 and 2021 Daybreak 23DB, 2018-2021 Four Winds 23U, and 2018-2021 Chateau 23U motorhomes have bolts that are the wrong size. These bolts are mounted on the barrel chair pedestals. Needless to say, unsecured seating can lead to injury. There are 248 units affected. Thor Motor Coach will notify owners, inspect bolts, and take action as necessary free of charge. Thor’s customer service can be reached at 1-877-855-2867.
REV Recreation Group – Recall for loose battery bracket
The NHTSA issued a recall for select 2019-2020 Fleetwood Pace Arrow motorhomes, models 33D, 36U, 35QS, 35S, 35RB, and 35E. These models may have a metal hold-down bracket for auxiliary batteries that are secured with carriage bolts and standard nuts that may loosen. The batteries are located inside the step compartment. If the hardware loosens up, make contact with other things, short circuit, and increase the possibility of fire. There are 145 units affected by the recall. REV will notify owners and install replacement hold-down mounting hardware free of charge. Their customer service can be reached at 1-800-509-3417.
Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc – Recall for improperly wired wiper control module
Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc, is recalling 643 units of the 2019-2020 Tiffin Bus and 2018-2020 Zephyr motorhomes. Wipers may not function properly, or at all, due to an improperly wired wiper module. This can cause limited visibility and an increased risk of a crash. Tiffin will notify owners, inspect the module, and correct wiring as needed, free of charge. Tiffin customer service can be reached at 1-256-356-8661.
Recalls are annoying but necessary. They ensure that safety guidelines are being followed. According to the NHTSA, “Getting unsafe vehicles off the road is integral to improving safety and saving lives.” A momentary annoyance of having to schedule a recall repair is worth it when considered to the consequences of ignoring a recall. Recreational vehicles are supposed to be safe and fun, not dangerous or pain-inducing. So, if a vehicle described above is in your personal fleet, please take the needed steps to accomplish the recall to ensure you and your family can stay happy and healthy on the road.