Safety Chains Lack Strength in Certain Open Range Trailers

Safety Chains Lack Strength in Certain Open Range Trailers
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February 29, 2016

Open Range is issuing a recall for RVs with insufficient safety chains.

The company's announcement applies to certain model year 2012-2015 Journeyer trailers, models JT 337 RLS and JT340FLR. The affected vehicles are equipped with safety chains on the A-frame that are rated for 11,700 pounds instead of being rated equal to, or greater than, the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the travel trailer.

In the event the main trailer connection fails, the weight of the trailer can break the safety chains if the chains are not strong enough, allowing the trailer to separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Open Range is including about 400 trailers in this recall.

The manufacturer will notify owners, and dealers will replace the existing safety chains with chains that have a 16,200 pound rating, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact Open Range customer service at (260) 768-7771.