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May 09 2013

3 Additional Motor Home Companies Experience Unexpected Unfurling Of Awnings

Posted in Community Service, Product Liability
Products manufactured according to substandard standards may inadvertently cause extensive injury or death to its owner, says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt .
 
Following Jayco Motor Home’s previous recall of fourteen models due to unfurling issues, consumers are now looking at three additional major motor home manufactures dealing with the same problem. Hopefully no serious accidents and/or deaths will occur prior to these potential malfunctions being repaired. Thor Motor Coach is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Challenger, Four Winds 5000, Hurricane, Chateau, Chateau Sport, and Windsport; model year 2013 Palazzo and Four Winds Siesta and model year 2014 Majestic motor homes manufactured February 13, 2013, through April 09, 2013. If the awning installation sequence was not completely followed, the awning motor may unknowingly become damaged leading to an unfurling of the awning. It is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the motor home is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash. Thor Motor Coach will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with a design that is not subject to an out-of-sequence installation error. Thor has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Thor at 1-877-855-2867 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.   Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Winnebago Access, Aspect, Sightseer, Vista, Adventurer, Forza and Itasca Impulse, Cambria, Sunova, Sunstar, Suncruiser motor homes manufactured February 20, 2013, through April 25, 2013. If the awning installation sequence was not completely followed, the awning motor may unknowingly become damaged leading to an unfurling of the awning. If motor damage occurs, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the motor home is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash. Winnebago will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with a design that is not subject to an out-of-sequence installation error. Winnebago has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.   Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 recreational trailers equipped with Dometic 9100 Power Awnings or Weather Pro awnings, awning serial numbers 306xxxx through 314xxxx, manufactured between February 13, 2013, through April 9, 2013. If the awning installation sequence was not completely followed, the awning motor may unknowingly become damaged. A damaged motor may lead to an unfurling of the awning. If the awning unfurls unexpectedly either in transit or while parked, it may increase the risk of personal injury or a crash. Keystone will notify owners and dealers will replace the awning motor, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2013. Owners may contact Keystone at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s campaign recall number is 13-193.   About Belt & Bruner, P.C.