Forest River Issues Recalls of Delivery Vehicles, Trailers Due to Risks of Injury, Crash
the delivery vehicles' lift gates may fail and the trailers' drawbar could fracture
Forest River is recalling 45 model year 2014-2016 Forest River Rockport delivery vehicles due to possible lift gate failure; and 45 model year 2016-2017 Amera-Lite cargo trailers because of potential fracturing of the drawbar and coupler.
The affected Rockport vehicles, models RPAF1270 and RPAA1270, are equipped with Thieman Tailgates-brand TVL 12/16 series lift gates supported with roller chains that may fail.
If the roller chain fails, the lift gate may fall unexpectedly, increasing the risk of injury.
Forest River will notify owners, and Thieman Lift Gate distributors will repair the lift gate, free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin November 21, 2016.
On the recalled cargo trailers, models ALDD610SA, ALDR610SA, ALDD612SA and ALDR612SA, the thickness of the steel tubes used to manufacture the trailer's drawbars may be insufficient for the vehicle's Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).
The drawbars can fracture and fail during operation, potentially resulting in a loss of control or the trailer detaching from the tow vehicle. Either scenario increases the risk of a crash.
Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the drawbars, free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin November 16, 2016.
For further information regarding these recalls, consumers may contact Forest River customer service at (888) 711-1600 or (574) 848-9216.