18-311 – Spare Tire and Carrier may Detach from Trailer – 2018 Keystone Passport Recreational Trailers

March 22, 2018 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 18V187000

Spare Tire and Carrier may Detach from Trailer

If the spare tire and carrier detaches from the trailer while it is being towed, it can increase the risk of a crash.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V187

Manufacturer Keystone RV Company


Potential Number of Units Affected 977



Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2018 Passport recreational trailers, models 153ML, 171EXP, 175BH, 195RB, 199ML, 217EXP and 239ML. The spare tire carrier may not have been mounted properly to the back wall of the trailer, and, as a result, the spare tire and carrier may detach from the trailer.



Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the spare tire carrier mounting and install reinforcing backers if necessary, free of charge. The recall began on April 14, 2018. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 18-311.



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.safercar.gov.



Safety Recall: 18V-187
Safety Advisory: 18-311

April 23, 2018



«City», «State»  «Zip»


This notice applies to your vehicle:  «VIN» Dear «Owner_name»:

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Keystone RV Company has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain model 2018 Keystone Passport Travel Trailers. As a result, Keystone RV is conducting a safety recall. We apologize for any inconvenience this action may cause you; however your safety and continued satisfaction are of the utmost importance to us.

Reason for this recall It has been decided that the vehicles in the recall population have a spare tire carrier that may not have adequate support in the rear wall of the unit. Under certain conditions during travel, the spare tire carrier can loosen and detach from the rear wall leading to an increased risk of a crash leading to property damage, and vehicle damage.
What we will do Keystone representatives have been in contact with the staff at your selling dealership regarding this situation. The remedy is to inspect all affected models and add backers as needed. The service and parts required for this corrective action will be provided at no charge to you.
What we need you to do As soon as possible, please make an appointment to have your RV serviced by your dealership. The labor time to perform this correction is approximately 3 hours. Please ask your dealer if you wish to know how much additional time will be needed to schedule and process your RV for this repair.
If you have questions Your dealer is best equipped to obtain parts and provide service to ensure your RV is corrected as promptly as possible. Please contact Keystone Customer service if your dealer is unable to assist or if you take your RV to your dealer on the agreed service date, and the dealer does not remedy the condition within a reasonable amount of time, or without charge to you. You may be eligible to receive reimbursement if you paid to have the defect resolved prior to receiving this correspondence. Keystone Customer Service is available toll-free at 1-866-425-4369.


If after contacting Keystone Customer Service you are still not satisfied we have done our best to remedy this situation, you may also submit a written complaint to: Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590. You may call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY:  1-800-424-9153; or go to http://www.safercar.gov.) Federal regulations require that any vehicle lessor receiving this recall notice must forward a copy of this notice to the lessee within ten days. Thank you for your attention and cooperation in this matter.




Rick Deisler
Vice President Service Operations
cc:  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

PO Box 2000 – Goshen, IN  46527-2000
Phone: (574) 535-2100 – Fax: (574) 535-2199

1 Affected Product




11 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-18V187-9527.pdf 216.117KB



Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-18V187-1024.pdf 245.572KB



Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-18V187-5069.pdf 85.156KB



Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-18V187-8875.pdf 163.184KB



Miscellaneous Document- Email to Dealer

RMISC-18V187-5930.pdf 66.754KB



Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-18V187-4679.pdf 88.019KB



Miscellaneous Document

RMISC-18V187-8946.pdf 63.461KB



Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2018-4

RCLQRT-18V187-7794.PDF 211.332KB



Recall Quarterly Report #4, 2019-1

RCLQRT-18V187-1124.PDF 211.434KB



Miscellaneous Document- Tweet

RMISC-18V187-4825.pdf 22.138KB



Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2018-3

RCLQRT-18V187-6226.PDF 214.616KB



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