24-1592 Welded Drawbars May Fracture – 2016-2017 Forest River Ameralite Cargo Trailers

January 20, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V015000

Welded Drawbars May Fracture

Fractured drawbars can cause a loss of trailer control and increase the risk of a crash.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V015

Manufacturer Forest River, Inc.


Potential Number of Units Affected 296



Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Ameralite Cargo trailers. The welded trailer drawbars may be insufficient for the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), which can cause the drawbars to fracture.



Dealers will replace the drawbars, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed March 1, 2023. Owners may contact Forest River Customer Service at 1-574-848-1335. Forest River’s number for this recall is 24-1592.



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.


Chronology :

On January 5, 2023, Forest River received and inquiry from NHTSA related to VOQ 11499562. Forest Rivers’ Office of Corporate Compliance (“OCC”) along with the manufacturing plant began researching the complaint.

On January 13, 2023, Forest River’s Office of Corporate Compliance (“OCC”) was notified by the manufacturing plant of six drawbar failures in the field of certain 2015 and 2016 Amera-Lite “Drive On/Off” Cargo Trailers. On January 16, 2023, OCC opened an investigation into the concern.

On January 18, 2023, using manufacturing records, OCC and the manufacturing plant determined the scope of the potentially affected vehicles.

On January 20, 2023, Forest River’s Corporate Recall Committee voted to recall.


2 Affected Products




3 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V015-3660.PDF 214.146KB



Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V015-8560.pdf 645.795KB



Recall 573 Report – 1/30/2023

RCLRPT-23V015-8456.PDF 214.274KB



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