In the event of a recall, manufacturers have an obligation to attempt to notify you of the identified defects within 60 days of the recall decision. Traditionally, manufacturers notify owners by sending a letter in the mail, but these letters don’t always reach the senders. Having a registration that isn’t current is just one of the factors that could contribute to why you might not be notified by your manufacturer. Luckily, there are other ways of figuring out if your RV has recalls.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recalls are issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) whenever a component of a vehicle fails to meet safety standards or poses an unreasonable safety risk. The NHTSA has a site established to let vehicle owners browse information on safety technologies, look up crash test ratings, and search for recalls.
On NHTSA’s site, you can search for recalls by inputting your RV’s year, make, and model. The search process is simple and once you type in your information, the page will display a list of safety recalls for your RV, if any are applicable. If you run a search and it doesn’t yield any results, this doesn’t mean a recall won’t be issued in the future. You can sign up for email notifications to let you know of recalls for your specific make and model.
You can also report a safety problem through the safercar.gov website. When similar input from multiple consumers is submitted, it notifies NHTSA of potential safety-related defects. From there, NHTSA holds an investigation to look into the matter. These systems are implemented to make our roads safer, so if you are aware of a safety risk with your RV, do your part and report the problem.
It isn’t rare for a manufacturer to issue a recall on one of their RVs. Along with the site highlighted above, you can also look up recalls by checking your RV’s manufacturer’s site. If you don’t see anything posted on their website regarding recalls, you can also call their customer service line and they should be able to let you know if any recalls have been issued.
Once you are aware of a recall to your RV, follow the safety guidelines issued by the manufacturer and visit your local dealership to have your RV serviced. The manufacturer is required to fix the problem free of charge, so if a dealer happens to refuse, contact the manufacturer as soon as possible and file a complaint through the NHTSA’s website.
Figuring out if your RV has recalls is quick and simple. Take the time to check on the safety status of your RV, and feel confident that you are not putting yourself and others at risk by heading out on that next big adventure, like going to see the beauty of the Aurora Borealis!