22-1189 – Safety Chains Could Break – 2021 Forest River Wildcat Travel Trailers

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February 8, 2021 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 21V059000

Safety Chains Could Break

Safety chain breakage could cause the trailer to detach from the tow vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V059

Manufacturer Forest River, Inc.

Components EQUIPMENT

Potential Number of Units Affected 53

 

Summary

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2021 Wildcat Travel Trailer models WCT247RXX-OR and WCT276FKX-OR. The safety chains do not meet the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and could potentially break.

 

Remedy

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the safety chains with correctly rated safety chains, free of charge. The recall began February 22, 2021. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-503-831-5410.

Forest River’s number for this recall is 22-1189.

 

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.safercar.gov.

 


FOREST RIVER RECALL 21V-059
SAFETY CHAIN REPLACEMENT

 

Preparation

THIS REPLACEMENT SHOULD ONLY BE COMPLETED BY AN AUTHORIZED SERVICE TECHNICIAN.

 

WARNING

Remove all flammable material from the area to be welded. Any remaining flammable material that cannot be removed must be protected. Proper fire protection and control measures should be kept on hand.

 

WARNING

Lift travel trailer by the frame and never the axle or suspension. Do not go under the travel trailer unless it is properly supported by jack stands. Unsupported travel trailers can fall and may result in death, serious injury or property damage.

 

Note: In this document, dashed red lines indicate using a die grinder to remove components and solid red lines indicate using a welder to add components per instructions and image references.

 

Tools Required

 

Hardware Required

Note: Refer to the cover page of these remedy instructions for specific part numbers.

 

Procedure

1. Use the die grinder with the cutting wheel attachment to remove the existing chain elbow from the underside of the A-frame coupler (Fig. 1).

2. The existing safety chains can be set aside with the chain elbow.

3. Use the die grinder and grinding wheel attachment to grind the cut areas smooth (Fig. 2).

4. Feed the last link of each of the new safety chains onto the new chain elbow (Fig. 3).

5. Center the chain elbow and safety chain assembly under the A-frame coupler so that the ends of the chain elbow are touching the ends of the two A-frame tubes. The elbow should be pointing away from the travel trailer.

 

Note: Ensure that the new safety chains are not pinched between the chain elbow and the coupler. The safety chains MUST be able to move freely.

 

6. Weld each end of the chain elbow to the A-frame tubes completely (Figs. 4 and 5).

7. Test the movement ability of the safety chains to make sure they are able to move freely.

8. Spray paint any visible areas of the repair with black spray paint.

 

As a supplier of components to the RV industry, safety, education and customer satisfaction are our primary concerns. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (574) 537-8900 or by email at customerservice@lci1.com. Self-help tips, technical documents, product videos and a training class schedule are available at lci1.com or by downloading the MyLCI app.

 

Rev: 02.08.21
CCD-0004281

 


WHAT IS THE DEFECT/NONCOMPLIANCE?

The safety chains do not meet the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and could potentially break.

 

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

If the recreational vehicle trailer becomes detached from the tow-vehicle, the safety chains would not meet the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and break. This condition could lead to complete detachment or cause property damage, personal injury or a crash

 

WHAT IS FOREST RIVER AND OUR DEALERSHIPS GOING TO DO?

Forest River is notifying dealerships of the recall. You may have the recall corrected at any Forest River dealership. However, it is preferable if you 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?

Please contact your dealer immediately and request a service appointment to schedule the free remedy to replace the safety chains. 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.

 

HOW LONG WILL THE REMEDY PROCESS TAKE?

The estimated time of repair is .5 hours. However, the dealership may need to keep your vehicle or schedule an appointment with you for a later date to fit into their regular service schedule.

 

WHAT IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY PAID FOR REPAIRS TO YOUR VEHICLE FOR THIS PARTICULAR CONDITION?

If you have already paid for a repair that is within the scope of this defect under recall, you still need to have this recall inspected and/or performed to ensure the correct parts and procedures were utilized.
Additionally, you may be eligible for a refund of previously paid repairs. Refunds will only be provided for within the scope of this defect under recall.

Please send the service invoice to the following address:

Wildcat
Forest River, Inc.
Attn: WARRANTY MANAGER
1429 SouthEast Glow
Dallas, OR 97338

 

 



1 Affected Product

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
FOREST RIVER WILDCAT 2021

 


10 Associated Documents

Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2021-2

RCLQRT-21V059-7226.PDF 211.22KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-21V059-4350.pdf 612.455KB

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ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-21V059-6313.pdf 210.437KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-21V059-7415.pdf 219.564KB

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Defect Notice 573 Report

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-21V059-5977.pdf 645.766KB

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Recall 573 Report – Amendment 1

RCLRPT-21V059-3732.PDF 214KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2021-1

RCLQRT-21V059-6688.PDF 211.12KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2021-3

RCLQRT-21V059-7060.PDF 211.304KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #4, 2021-4

RCLQRT-21V059-2095.PDF 211.414KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=21V059&docType=RCL

 


 

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