27-1632 Brakes May Be Wired Incorrectly – 2023 Forest River Salem & Wildwood Travel Trailers

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April 24, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V288000

Brakes May Be Wired Incorrectly

A loss of brake function can increase the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V288

Manufacturer Forest River, Inc.

Components SERVICE BRAKES

Potential Number of Units Affected 37

 

Summary

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2023 Salem and Wildwood travel trailers. The brakes may be incorrectly wired, which can result in a loss of brake function.

 

Remedy

Dealers will rewire the brakes, free of charge. Owners may contact Forest River Customer Service at 1-574-534-3167. Forest River’s number for this recall is 27-1632.

 

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.

 


RECALL 23V288 REMEDY INSTRUCTIONS

Make(s): Salem & Wildwood
Model(s): Many, See Below
Model Year(s): 2023
Repair Code: RC-007-22-00-004319
Allotted Time: .25 HRS.
Inspection Code: N/A
Allotted Time: N/A
Concern:
The brakes may be incorrectly wired.
Photo(s) Required: NO
Prior Authorization Required: YES
Part(s) Kit Number: N/A
Part(s) Return: N/A

Disconnect the vehicles’ battery Positive and Negative, disconnect any House battery(s) Positive and Negative, if equipped with a generator ensure it is off and lastly, ensure the vehicle is disconnected from shore power. Block any tires/wheels to prevent the vehicle from rolling. Failure to do so may result in electrocution, fire or other personal injury, property damage and/or death.

CERTAIN 2023 – SALEM: SMT27RKX, SMT29BDBX & SMT29VBUDX

CERTAIN 2023 – WILDWOOD: WDT26DBUDX, WDT27RKX, WDT29BDBX & WDT29VBUDX

STEP 1: LOCATE THE BRAKE WIRING ON THE DRIVERS SIDE OF THE VEHICLE (OFF DOOR SIDE) WHERE THE BRAKE WIRING DROPS DOWN TO THE AXLE FROM THE UNDERBELLY;

STEP 2: REMOVE THE GEL-CONNECTORS, ENSURE TO LEAVE ENOUGH WIRE TO RE-INSTALL A NEW GEL FILLED CONNECTOR(S);

STEP 3: ON BOTH OFF DOOR SIDE HUBS THE WIRING SHOULD BE AS FOLLOWS (FIGURE 1);
1 – BLACK WIRE THAT COMES FROM THE UNDERBELLY
1 – GREEN WIRE THAT COMES FROM THE HUB
1 – BLACK WIRE THAT COMES FROM THE AXLE TUBE

FIGURE 1 – DRIVER / OFF DOOR SIDE WALL FIRGURE 2 – PASSANGER / DOOR SIDE WALL

STEP 4: ON THE DOOR SIDE WALL LOCATE THE BRAKE WIRING. REMOVE GEL-CONNECTORS ENSURE TO LEAVE ENOUGH WIRE TO RE-INSTALL A NEW GEL FILLED CONNECTOR(S)

STEP 5: ON BOTH DOOR SIDE HUBS, THE WIRING SHOULD INSTALLED AS SHOWN IN FIGURE 2;
1 – BLACK WIRE FROM THE AXLE – INTO CONNECTOR NEXT TO GREEN WIRE (FIGURE 2)
1 – GREEN WIRE FROM THE HUB – INTO CONNECTOR NEXT TO BLACK WIRE (FIGURE 2)

STEP 4: ENSURE TO CRIMP ALL GEL-CONNECTORS FULLY;

STEP 5: TEST BRAKE FUNCTIONALLITY;

STEP 6: CLAIM REPAIR CODE.

 


Chronology :

On April 13, 2023, Forest River’s Office of Corporate Compliance (“OCC”) was contacted by the manufacturing plant and it was indicated that a drive-away driver had returned a vehicle relating to possible lack of brakes.

OCC opened a research item.

On April 14, 2023, OCC met with the manufacturing plant and asked the manufacturing plant to review all vehicles in inventory to see if any other vehicles may have incorrectly wired brakes.

On April 17, 2023, OCC was informed by the manufacturing plant that upon inspection of yard vehicles that revealed incorrect wiring to the brakes by Forest River.

On April 21, 2023, Forest River’s Corporate Recall Committee voted to recall the remaining vehicles. No vehicles are retail sold, therefore there will only be a Dealer Notice, no Owner Letter will be issued.

 


2 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
FOREST RIVER SALEM 2023
FOREST RIVER WILDWOOD 2023

 


4 Associated Documents

Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-23V288-8440.pdf 145.694KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V288-6580.pdf 693.194KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-23V288-9627.pdf 204.908KB

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Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V288-2481.PDF 214.367KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

For the Latest and Most Recent Recalls Information Visit the link below…

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=23V288&docType=RCL

 


 

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