Cracked LP Gas Quick Disconnect Fitting – 2021-2023 Coachmen, 2021-2022 East to West, 2021-2022 Forest River, 2021-2022 Palomino, 2021-2022 Prime Time, 2021-2022 Shasta

April 13, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V243000

Cracked LP Gas Quick Disconnect Fitting

A gas leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V243

Manufacturer Forest River, Inc.

Components EQUIPMENT

Potential Number of Units Affected 99,278

 

Summary

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Coachmen Adrenaline, Apex, Catalina, Freedom Express, Spirit, East to West Alta, Della Terra, Silver Lake, Forest River Cedar Creek, Cherokee, Columbus, Flagstaff, Impression, Ozark, Rockwood, Sabre, Salem, Sandstorm, Shockwave, Stealth, Stealth Evo, Vengeance, Vibe, Wildwood, XLR Toyhauler, Palomino Puma, Prime Time Avenger, Crusader, Lacrosse, Sanibel, Shasta Oasis, 2022 Coachmen Cross Trail, Prism, Forest River Aurora, Rainier, Wildcat, Work and Play, Prime Time Tracer, 2021-2023 Coachmen Leprechaun, and 2022-2023 Coachmen Freelander fifth wheel and travel trailer recreational vehicles.

The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

 

Remedy

Dealers will inspect the LP system quick disconnect fittings for cracks, perform a LP system leak test, and replace any fittings as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 23, 2022. Owners may contact the applicable customer service number for their vehicle model. Please see the recall report for the list of phone numbers.

 

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.

 


April 20, 2022

 

Forest River Executive Team,

We have become aware in the past few weeks of complaints at the plant level of cracks developing in our female quick disconnects that is either connected to our LP Gas Manifolds or shipped on specific Hose Assemblies sold separately.  We have been working very closely with Leo Akins and his team on this issue.  After an exhaustive effort to identify the problem and the source, we have determined that the crack is not being produced within our facility and therefore, has escaped our inspections as well as our 100% system leak checks.  A potential crack may develop in your facility or, in rare cases, after you have assembled the system to an RV and performed pressure drop testing.  The root cause for this crack has been identified as contamination and/or porosity in the brass from our 2nd tier brass sub-supplier and we have been unsuccessful at any level of insertion force (torque) to avoid the potential for cracking.  Our records at this point indicate the relevant window for products that may contain cracks were shipped between July 1, 2021 and April 20, 2022.

 

At this point in time, we are in the very unfortunate situation where we simply do not have a viable solution to avoid cracks developing with our current quick disconnect inventory.  Due to this situation, we have no choice but to ship manifold systems with pipe plugs where the QD is normally installed.  We have a longer term fix that is approximately 5-6wks away and are working hourly to find alternate QD supply solutions in order to begin adding them back to the manifold systems.  We sincerely apologize for this situation and know this is much more than a minor inconvenience.  Our company has been in the LP Gas Industry for over 60 years and will continue to work with the Forest River Team to get past this challenge as quickly as possible.

 

Jeff Bush, President

(m) 440-429-4579; (e) jeff.bush@us-egi.com

 

CC: Leo Akins; Wayne Kaylor

 


51-1501 Chronology

 

On March 29, 2022, Corporate Quality notified Forest River’s Office of Corporate Compliance (“OCC”) that there had been some Quick Disconnect failures at a Forest River manufacturing plant. OCC opened a research file the same day. OCC learned that certain Quick Disconnects (“QD”) were cracked. OCC learned that the manufacturing plant does not attempt to tighten nor loosen the QD from the assembly from the partner supplier. OCC learned that if a QD was cracked that the manufacturing plant was catching it during production-required tests of the LP Gas System. OCC also learned the partner supplier was coming out to change the cracked QD’s that where in production. OCC communicated with the partner supplier and asked if OCC could visit the suppliers manufacturing plant.

 

On March 30, 2022, OCC visited the partner suppliers manufacturing plant in Goshen, Indiana. OCC was given a plant tour and offered feedback to the supplier. One thing in particular was noticed, an employee of the partner supplier was using an air ratchet to assemble a pipe nipple into the QD. OCC then witnessed another employee use a wrench on the body of the QD and thread it into an aluminum manifold block. When OCC questioned this procedure, OCC was told the assembler was supposed to use the pipe nipple to thread the QD into the manifold. Discussion of the possibility of the QD being over torqued by the air ratchet was had with the supplier. OCC recommended the supplier procure a proper torque equipment for the installer of the nipple into the QD and additional quality control measures of the QD’s post installation into the manifold. OCC asked that the supplier visit the manufacturing plant and change out all of the QD’s installed on the LP system manifold system, out of an abundance of caution.

 

On March 31, 2022, OCC was made aware of a “Whip” hose that failed LP Gas testing at a different Forest River manufacturing plant. The “Whip” hose connects to the QD then connects to an outside grill or griddle. OCC contacted the partner supplier (same as prior) and arraigned to meet with them at the manufacturing plant the next day, April 1, 2022. Manufacturing Leadership, the supplier and OCC met on April 1, 2022. It was also discovered that the manufacturing plant has experienced cracked QD in production. In particular, while the supplier and OCC were at the plant, manufacturing leadership had a vehicle that failed the LP Gas test, upon inspection, it was found that a QD was cracked on that vehicle in manufacturing. OCC asked that the supplier visit the manufacturing plant and change out all of the QD’s installed on the LP system manifold system, out of an abundance of caution.

 

On April 4, 2022, OCC began reviewing claim data from random Forest River manufacturing plants to ascertain if there are any quick disconnects failures in the field.

 

On April 5, 2022, OCC finished reviewing claim data. OCC met with the partner supplier and presented Forest River’s data to them.

 

On April 8, 2022, Forest Rivers’ Corporate Recall Committee voted to recall.

 

On April 21, 2022, Forest River’s Office of Corporate Compliance received a notice from Flex-Tech indicating that the scope shall be expanded from March 31, 2022, to April 20, 2022; due to continued quick disconnect cracks and possible identification of contamination and/or porosity of the brass, which leads to cracks. On April 21, 2022, Forest River put a stop ship on any vehicle that has a Flex-Tech Quick Disconnect installed on it. These vehicles must have the quick disconnect replaced with another manufacturer/suppliers quick disconnect before they may leave Forest River possession. Forest River will update the remedy information.

 

During communications with plants on April 21, 2022, Forest River VIBE communicated to OCC that only a single model used a quick disconnect. During this amendment of the recall, OCC will be removing all but a single VIBE model as all of the other VIBE models do not have a LP quick disconnect.

 


74 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
COACHMEN ADRENALINE 2021-2022
COACHMEN APEX 2021-2022
COACHMEN CATALINA 2021-2022
COACHMEN CROSS TRAIL 2022
COACHMEN FREEDOM EXPRESS 2021-2022
COACHMEN FREELANDER 2022-2023
COACHMEN LEPRECHAUN 2021-2023
COACHMEN PRISM 2022
COACHMEN SPIRIT 2021-2022
EAST TO WEST ALTA 2021-2022
EAST TO WEST DELLA TERRA 2021-2022
EAST TO WEST SILVER LAKE 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER AURORA 2022
FOREST RIVER CEDAR CREEK 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER CHEROKEE 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER COLUMBUS 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER FLAGSTAFF 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER IMPRESSION 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER OZARK 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER RAINIER 2022
FOREST RIVER ROCKWOOD 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER SABRE 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER SALEM 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER SANDSTORM 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER SHOCKWAVE 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER STEALTH 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER STEALTH EVO 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER VENGEANCE 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER VIBE 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER WILDCAT 2022
FOREST RIVER WILDWOOD 2021-2022
FOREST RIVER WORK AND PLAY 2022
FOREST RIVER XLR TOYHAULER 2021-2022
PALOMINO PUMA 2021-2022
PRIME TIME AVENGER 2021-2022
PRIME TIME CRUSADER 2021-2022
PRIME TIME LACROSSE 2021-2022
PRIME TIME SANIBEL 2021-2022
PRIME TIME TRACER 2022
SHASTA OASIS 2021-2022

 


6 Associated Documents

Recall 573 Report – 4/22/2022

RCLRPT-22V243-6653.PDF 253.729KB

RCLRPT-22V243-6653

 


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22V243-5717.pdf 822.033KB

RCAK-22V243-5717

 


Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-22V243-3742.PDF 246.755KB

RCLRPT-22V243-3742

 


Miscellaneous Document – 51-1501 – Chronology V2

RMISC-22V243-8461.pdf 54.328KB

RMISC-22V243-8461

 


Miscellaneous Document – Forest River-FlexTech QD 4-21-22

RMISC-22V243-3438.pdf 105.917KB

RMISC-22V243-3438

 


Recall 573 Report – 4/27/2022

RCLRPT-22V243-7615.PDF 253.829KB

RCLRPT-22V243-7615

 


Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=22V243&docType=RCL

 


 

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