205-1778 – Incorrectly Installed Furnace May Cause Fire – 2024 Forest River Aurora & Catalina Travel Trailers

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May 17, 2024 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 24V350000

Incorrectly Installed Furnace May Cause Fire

Overheated vinyl linoleum flooring increases the risk of a fire.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 24V350

Manufacturer Forest River, Inc.

Components EQUIPMENT

Potential Number of Units Affected 13

 

Summary

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2024 Aurora and Catalina travel trailers. The furnace may have been installed directly on top of vinyl linoleum floor, which can allow the floor to overheat.

 

Remedy

Dealers will install a panel between the furnace and the linoleum, free of charge. All affected vehicles are still in dealer inventory and therefore no owner notification letters will be mailed. Owners may contact Forest River Customer Service at 1-574-825-4995. Forest River’s number for this recall is 205-1778.

 

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 24V350 REMEDY INSTRUCTIONS

Make(s): AURORA & CATALINA
Model(s): AART18RD & ACAT18RDL
Model Year(s): 2024

Concern:
The furnace may be installed directly to a vinyl floor material, outside of the manufacturers installation instructions.

Turn off LP Gas at LPG Tank(s). 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.

PARTS NEEDED:
21” X 21” WOOD SHEET. THIS CAN BE LAUN, DÉCOR BOARD, PLYWOOD OR OSB

DO NOT DISCONNECT LPG LINE FROM THE FURNACE OR ANY HEAT DUCTS

STEP 1: LOCATE FURNACES AIR RETURN (FIGURE 1);

• REMOVE THE SCREWS AND THE AIR RETURN TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE FURNACE AND SET ASIDE;
• ENSURE TO RETAIN SCREWS AND AIR RETURN TO INSTALL BACK WHEN WORK IS COMPLETE;

STEP 2: REMOVE THE FACE COVER FROM THE FURNACE AND REMOVE THE SCREWS HOLDING THE FURNACE TO THE FLOOR;

• REFERENCE FIGURE 2 FOR FACE COVER (FIGURE 2)
• SET THESE SCREWS ASIDE FOR REINSTALLATION;
• MEASURE LENGTH TO ENSURE THEY ARE LONG ENOUGH TO PENETRATE THE WOOD BOARD AND INTO THE FLOOR;
• IF THE SCREWS WILL NOT BE LONG ENOUGH, REPLACE WITH APPROPRIET LENGTH SCREWS;

STEP 3: INSTALL THE CUT SHEET OF WOOD UNDER THE FURNACE, SEPERATING THE FURNACE FROM THE LINOLYM;

• IF DÉCOR BOARD IS INSTALLED, ENSURE THE VINYL SIDE IS FACING DOWN (FACING THE LINOLYM);

STEP 4: SECURE THE FURNACE BACK DOWN USING THE SCREWS/REPLACEMENT SCREWS ENSURE TO SCREW THROUGH THE FURNACE HOLES, WOOD BOARD AND INTO THE FLOOR;

STEP 5: RE-INSTALL THE FURNACE FACE;

STEP 6: RE-INSTALL THE FURNACE AIR RETURN;

 

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Chronology :

On May 9, 2024, during a routine Corporate Standards Inspection, it was discovered that the furnace was installed on top of the vinyl linoleum floor covering, whereas the vinyl linoleum should have been cut out using a template so the furnace could be installed directly to the wood floor, in accordance to the appliances installation instructions.

On May 10, 2024, the manufacturing plant and the Standards Manager inspected the yard and it was discovered that the installation was the same. The Standards Manager contacted Forest Rivers Office of Corporate Compliance (“OCC”) and a research item was opened, to identify if any vehicles had shipped from the plant of this model.

On May 17, 2024, the Corporate Recall Committee voted to recall. All vehicles are located at Dealers, none are retail sold. Therefore there will not be an owner letter issued for this recall.

 


2 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
AURORA AART18RD 2024
CATALINA ACAT18RDL 2024

 


6 Associated Documents

Recall 573 Report

RCLRPT-24V350-9175.PDF 215.197KB

 


Miscellaneous Document – Stop Sale Notice – 205-1778

RMISC-24V350-7673.pdf 145.226KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-24V350-1456.pdf 646KB

 


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-24V350-3258.pdf 229.921KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-24V350-7293.pdf 181.8KB

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Recall 573 Report

RCLRPT-24V350-1003.PDF 215.197KB

 


Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=24V350&docType=RCL

 


 

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