Service Brake Miscommunication Prompts Recall from Winnebago
Image: Pixabay

Service Brake Miscommunication Prompts Recall from Winnebago

The manufacturer believes that about 60 RVs are potentially affected

May 17, 2016

An RV manufacturer has announced a recall for vehicles with potentially defective brakes.

Winnebago Industries is recalling certain model year 2014 Winnebago Tour, and Itasca Ellipse vehicles built on a Freightliner chassis. On certain RVs built with a heavier, adjustable foot pedal, the brake activation signal to certain towed devices may not deactivate when the service brakes are released.

If the brake activation signal to a towed device remains active when the motorhome chassis service brakes are released, the brakes may remain engaged. As a result, the brakes would drag and possibly overheat potentially resulting in a fire. In addition, nearby drivers may be confused by the motorhome's actions, increasing the risk of a crash.

The automaker is including about 60 RVs in its recall.

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) will notify owners of the recalled RVs, and dealers will modify the affected brake assemblies, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact DTNA customer service at (800) 745-8000.