80-1525 – Incorrect Axle Rating on Federal Placard – 2022 Forest River RPOD RPT153 Travel Trailers

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June 24, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V450000

Incorrect Axle Rating on Federal Placard/Part 567

An overloaded vehicle can cause a loss of control and increase the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V450

Manufacturer Forest River, Inc.

Components EQUIPMENT

Potential Number of Units Affected 205

 

Summary

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2022 RPOD RPT153 travel trailers. The Federal Placard states an incorrect axle rating of 4400 lbs, instead of the correct rating of 3500 lbs, which can cause the vehicle to become overloaded. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

 

Remedy

Forest River will mail replacement labels, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed July 18, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-3119 Option 2. Forest River’s number for this recall is 80-1525.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

 


This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. This notice is also sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Forest River has decided that a noncompliance, which relates to the motor vehicle safety, exists in certain 2022 RPOD travel trailer recreational vehicles 49 CFR Part 567 “Certification.” Additionally, this non-compliance, which relates to the motor vehicle safety fails to meet the requirements of Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations; 49 CFR Part 567 “Certification”. This is to inform you that your vehicle may be non-compliant with the requirements of the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations and that the non-compliance could affect the safety of a person.

 

WHAT IS THE DEFECT/NONCOMPLIANCE?

The manufacturing plant installed a 3500 lbs. rated axle, whereas the Federal Placard incorrectly indicates a 4400 lbs. axle.

 

EVALUATION OF THE RISK TO THE VEHICLE AND OPERATOR(S) RELATED TO THE RECALL.

A customer may unintentionally overload the trailer, with may lead to loss of vehicle control and potentially a crash.

 

WHAT IS FOREST RIVER AND OUR DEALERSHIPS GOING TO DO?

The remedy for this recall is included with this notification. Forest River has notified dealerships of this recall and have provided them with remedy instructions to install these Federal Placards if you are uncomfortable installing them yourself. You may have the recall corrected at any Forest River dealership or service center. It is preferable to have your selling dealership perform the remedy. Forest River completely covers your cost for the remedy; you will not receive any bill of sale for anything covered under the above recall number.

 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Federal Placard Installation:

  • The labels are located on the road side of the unit, low on the sidewall or on the upper deck on the same side and on the entry door;
  • Wipe off the labels with isopropyl alcohol;
  • Match the labels and carefully place the new labels directly on top of the old labels

If you are not comfortable with installing these labels:
Please contact your dealer immediately and request a service appointment to schedule the free remedy. The vehicle Owner is responsible for arranging to have the work completed. Please state you have been notified by Forest River of having a recall in process for your vehicle and provide the recall number for the dealership. It is also helpful to the dealership to have a copy of this letter when you take your vehicle in for the recall remedy. You may also visit www.forestriverinc.com for dealer locations.

 


Chronology :

On June 20, 2022, during a routine quality inspection the incorrect information was found on the Federal Placard. Since inception of this model to June 20, 2022, the Federal Placard has had the incorrect axle rating.

On June 20, 2022, Forest Rivers’ manufacturing plant alerted Forest Rivers Office of Corporate Compliance with the information regarding the incorrect information on the Federal Placard, which fails to meet the Part 49 CFR “Certification”. The scope was determined using manufacturing records of this single model.

On June 21, 2022, the manufacturing plant provided updated model specifications so the Federal Placard replicated the correct information.

On June 24, 2022 Forest Rivers Corporate Recall Committee Voted to Recall

 


1 Affected Product

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
FOREST RIVER R-POD 2022

 


6 Associated Documents

Noncompliance Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-22V450-3643.PDF 215.096KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22V450-9275.pdf 645.832KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-22V450-3312.pdf 681.59KB

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ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-22V450-5467.pdf 189.898KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-22V450-5116.pdf 189.898KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2022-3

RCLQRT-22V450-0272.PDF 211.133KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=22V450&docType=RCL

 


 

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