Engine, Visibility Concerns Trigger Motorhome Recalls from Newmar
the three recalls issued by the manufacturer include nearly 2,000 motorhomes
Newmar Corporation has issued a series of motorhome recalls due to various safety issues.
First, the manufacturer is recalling about 1,200 model year 2014-2016 Dutch Star and Mountain Aire and 2015-2016 London Aire and Essex motorhomes built on a Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) chassis. The throttle pedal position sensor on the affected vehicles may not return to zero, causing the engine brake to suddenly not activate as expected, reducing the vehicle's deceleration ability.
A sudden loss of an engine brake without warning on a motorhome may lead to a reduced brake capacity, potentially increasing the risk of a crash.
Newmar will notify owners, and DTNA dealers will replace the throttle pedal, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 23, 2016.
Next, Newmar is recalling approximately 750 model year 1998-2010 Dutch Star, 2008 Kountry Star, 2008-2009 All Star and Ventana, 2009-2010 Dutch Aire, 2014-2015 King Aire and 2015 Essex motorhomes, built on a Spartan Motors chassis. In the affected vehicles, the flexible exhaust tube may tear, allowing hot exhaust to blow against other components or materials.
If hot exhaust gas contacts other components or materials, it can increase the risk of a fire.
Newmar will notify owners, and Spartan dealers will inspect the alignment of the tubes, correcting them and replacing any that are torn. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 29, 2016.
Last, the automaker is recalling 24 model year 2017 Ventana, Ventana VL, and Dutch Star motorhomes built on a Freightliner Custom Chassis. In the recalled models, when the windshield wipers are turned off, the headlights may also turn off. Additionally, the wiper arms may stop in an incorrect location blocking the driver's view, and the wiper motor may stall when under load.
If the headlights go out or the wiper system does not operate properly, the driver's visibility may be adversely affected, increasing the risk of a crash.
Newmar will notify owners, and Freightliner dealers will update the wiper software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 23, 2016.
Owners with questions about these recalls can contact the manufacturers at the following numbers:
- Newmar Corporation: (800) 731-8300
- Daimler Trucks North America: (800) 547-0712
- Spartan Motors: (800) 543-4277
- Freightliner Custom Chassis: (864) 487-1700