Forest River Issues Two Recalls For Mislabeled Recreational Vehicles

Forest River Issues Two Recalls For Mislabeled Recreational Vehicles
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October 23, 2015

Incorrect labeling is prompting two recalls from one recreational vehicle manufacturer.

First, Forest River is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cherokee recreational trailers, model T19V. In the affected vehicles, the federal placard displays incorrect vehicle information. The original placard indicates that the tires on the vehicle are ST225/75R15D and the axle indicates a 5,200 lbs. capacity.

However, the vehicle was built with a 3,500 lbs. axle and ST205/75R15C tires, which results in a decrease in the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, "Certification."

By relying on the incorrect Tire, Rim, GVWR and Cargo Carrying Capacity information indicated on the Federal Placards, an owner may unknowingly overload the vehicle, possibly resulting in tire or axle failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

The manufacturer is recalling 19 recreational vehicles impacted by this defect.

Forest River will notify owners and provide a corrected placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 7, 2015.

Next, Forest River is recalling 78 model year 2016 Salem and 2015 Wildwood recreational trailers. In the affected vehicles, the tire and wheel placard incorrectly states the wheel rim and tire size. If the incorrect tire and rim is installed, there may be instability of the vehicle when towing, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners and will provide a corrected tire placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 4, 2015.

Owners with questions about the recall can contact Forest River customer service at (800) 453-6064.