Overheating Trailer Brakes May Lead to Fire in Forest River RVs

The brake activation signal on certain trailers may not deactivate

Overheating Trailer Brakes May Lead to Fire in Forest River RVs
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June 20, 2016

A defect in the brake assembly has prompted Forest River to recall certain motorhomes.

Up to 147 model year 2014-2016 Charleston Class A motorhomes built on certain Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) chassis were built with a heavier, adjustable foot pedal. On these motorhomes, the brake activation signal to certain towed devices may not deactivate when the motorhome service brakes are released, keeping the brakes on the towed device engaged.

As a result, the brakes could drag and overheat, potentially resulting in a fire, and following drivers may be confused by the motorhome's actions, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and DTNA dealers will modify the affected brake assemblies, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin on or about July 11, 2016.

For more information, owners can contact DTNA customer service at (800) 547-0712.