2021 Forest River Berkshire Class A Motorhomes 40-1315 Brake Lights may not Adequately Reflect

March 29, 2021 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 21V219000

Brake Lights may not Adequately Reflect/FMVSS 108

Brake lights that do not adequately reflect light, can make it difficult for other drivers to see the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V219

Manufacturer Forest River, Inc.

Components EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Potential Number of Units Affected 115

 

Summary

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2021 Berkshire Class A motorhomes. The brake lights may not adequately reflect light. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

 

Remedy

Forest River will notify owners, and will provide a Reflex Reflector for the brake lights, free of charge. The recall began April 9, 2021. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-522-1368. Forest River’s number for this recall is 40-1315.

 

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.

 


RECALL 21V219 REMEDY INSTRUCTIONS
Make(s): Berkshire

Model(s): Many, See Below

Model Year(s): 2021

Repair Code: RC-055-03-00-004010

Allotted Time: .10 HRS

Inspection Code: N/A

Allotted Time: N/A

Concern:

The rear taillights do not meet F/CMVSS 108 Reflective Requirements.

Photo(s) Required: NO

Prior Authorization Required: NO

Part(s) Kit Number: F100259070 – QTY: 2

Part(s) Return: N/A

 

Ensure the vehicle is in Park and the Parking Brake is engaged. Block tires to prevent the vehicle from rolling. Failure to do so may result in personal injury, property damage and/or death.

 

Models affected: BEA37A-380, BEA40C-380, BEA40D-380, BEA40E-380, BEA45A-450 and BEA45CA-450.

 

STEP 1: REFERENCE THE PHOTO BELOW OF THE REAR CAP (FIGURE 1);

 

STEP 2: CLEAN THE CAP SURFACE EXTREMELY WELL ON THE REAR CURB SIDE AND REAR ROAD SIDE (AS   DEPICTED IN THE PICTURE BELOW) WHERE THE STICK ON REFLECTORS WILL BE INSTALLED;

 

STEP 3: PEEL THE BACKING OFF THE REFLECTOR DOUBLE SIDED TAPE, ORIENTATE THE REFLECTOR (AS

DEPICTED IN THE PICTURE BELOW) AND PRESS THE REFLECTOR FIRMLY AGAINST THE CAP,   HOLDING IN PLACE FOR A SHORT TIME TO PROMOTE COMPLETE ATTACHMENT;

 

STEP 4: REPEAT STEP 3 ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE, THEN CLAIM THE REPAIR CODE LISTED ABOVE.

 


 

This Notice applies to your vehicle VIN listed above. Dear Forest River Customer:

 

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. This notice is also sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Forest River – Office of Corporate Compliance (“OCC”) has decided that a noncompliance, which relates to the motor vehicle safety, exists in certain 2021 Berkshire Class A Motorhome recreational vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Reflective Lamps,”. This is to inform you that your vehicle may be noncompliant with the requirements of the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations and that the non-compliance could affect the safety of a person.

 

WHAT IS THE DEFECT/NONCOMPLIANCE? 

The rear taillights do not meet F/CMVSS 108 Reflective Requirements.

 

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

An approaching vehicle from the rear may not get the proper indication if conspicuity from the suspect vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, the taillights do not meet F/CMVSS 108.

 

WHAT IS FOREST RIVER AND OUR DEALERSHIPS GOING TO DO?

Forest River has notified dealerships of this recall and have provided them with remedy instructions to install Reflex Reflectors. 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.  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 .10 HRS.  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:

Berkshire
Forest River, Inc.
Attn: WARRANTY MANAGER
1800 West Hively
Elkhart, IN 46517

 



1 Affected Product

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
FOREST RIVER BERKSHIRE 2021

 


9 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-21V219-2490.pdf 645.761KB

RCAK-21V219-2490

 


Recall 573 Report – Amendment 1

RCLRPT-21V219-3104.PDF 213.483KB

RCLRPT-21V219-3104

 


Noncompliance Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-21V219-3729.PDF 213.483KB

RCLRPT-21V219-3729

 


Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2021-2

RCLQRT-21V219-4238.PDF 211.146KB

RCLQRT-21V219-4238

 


ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-21V219-0536.pdf 199.863KB

RCONL-21V219-0536

 


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-21V219-6008.pdf 216.593KB

RCMN-21V219-6008

 


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-21V219-4363.pdf 147.216KB

RCRIT-21V219-4363

 


Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2021-3

RCLQRT-21V219-2655.PDF 211.244KB

RCLQRT-21V219-2655

 


Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2021-4

RCLQRT-21V219-4975.PDF 211.332KB

RCLQRT-21V219-4975

 


Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=21V219&docType=RCL

 


 

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