Wednesday, March 31, 2010

 

RECALL: 2008-2009 ITASCA SUNSTAR & WINNEBAGO JOURNEY/TOUR/VISTA/VOYAGE MOTOR HOMES: RICON PUBLIC USE LIFTS: RESTRAINT BELT

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
ITASCA / SUNSTAR 2008-2009
WINNEBAGO / JOURNEY 2008-2009
WINNEBAGO / TOUR 2008-2009
WINNEBAGO / VISTA 2008-2009
WINNEBAGO / VOYAGE 2008-2009
Manufacturer: WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES, INC. Mfr's Report Date: MAR 12, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V122000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 9
Summary:
WINNEBAGO HAS NOTIFIED NHTSA OF A DEFECT IN CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 MOTORHOMES FITTED WITH RICON PUBLIC USE LIFTS. THE RESTRAINT BELT ON THESE LIFTS WAS DESIGNED TO PREVENT THE LIFT FROM MOVING, UNLESS THE TONGUE OF THE BELT IS FULLY ENGAGED AND LATCHED IN THE BUCKLE. RICON HAS DISCOVERED, HOWEVER, THAT IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE OPERATOR TO INSERT THE BELT TONGUE INTO THE BUCKLE WITHOUT FULLY ENGAGING THE LATCHING MECHANISM. IN THIS CASE, THE RESTRAINT BELT WOULD APPEAR TO BE LATCHED, AND THE OPERATOR COULD RUN THE LIFT. IF THE RESTRAINT BELT TONGUE IS NOT FULLY ENGAGED INTO THE RESTRAINT BELT BUCKLE, AND LATCHED, THE LIFT MAY OPERATE WITH AN OCCUPANT ON THE PLATFORM.
Consequence:
THE USER OF THE LIFT COULD BE INJURED SHOULD THE LIFT MOVE WITHOUT THE RESTRAINT BELT PROPERLY BUCKLED.
Remedy:
WINNEBAGO IS WORKING WITH RICON AND RICON WILL BE HANDLING THE REMEDY FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. PLEASE SEE RICON┬┐S DEFECT REPORT 09E-060. RICON WILL PROVIDE CUSTOMERS WITH A WARNING DECAL AND A DVD-BASED TRAINING AID. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT RICON CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 800-322-2884, EMAILING AT WWW.DMATA@WABTEC.COM.
Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .



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