Thursday, June 14, 2007
IS THIS THE START OF A NEW MFG'ING TREND?
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Fleetwood Enterprises' (NYSE: FLE - News) President and CEO Elden Smith; Board Member Danny Villanueva; RV Group President Paul Eskritt; Travel Trailer Division Vice President Jim Croxton; and Mexicali Plant General Manager Jim Kindleberger. Also in attendance were Mexicali government officials Governor Eugenio Elorduy Walther, Mayor Samuel Ramos Flores, and State Secretary of the Economy Sergio Tagliapietra.
During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Fleetwood and Mexicali officials spoke about the tremendous opportunities that the new facility and its high-quality staff bring to the Mexicali and U.S. communities.
"It has taken over two years for our plans to open a travel trailer manufacturing facility in Mexicali to come to fruition," said Smith. "The goodwill of the Mexicali government and the integrity of the maquiladora structure continue to reinforce our decision to expand operations into the area. We are excited about the possibilities this new facility and our staff bring to the Fleetwood organization."
Prior to the public ceremony, Smith, Eskritt and Kindleberger planted a Mesquite Paloverde tree in front of the facility, and Fleetwood's first Mexicali employee, Ramon Hernandez, presented Smith with a symbolic gift from Mexicali.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees were taken on a tour of the 84,000 square-foot facility where 110 Fleetwood de Mexico associates have produced the value-priced Pioneer and Mallard travel trailers since April 2007.
After the plant tour, Villanueva presented the first unit to come offline, a 2008 Pioneer 18CK, to Calexico High School Booster Club. Villanueva purchased the travel trailer from Mike Green, owner of RV World, a member of Fleetwood's dealer body, for the booster club to use as a raffle prize to help raise money to benefit the athletic department.
Following the official inauguration, an open house for all associates and their families will be held on Saturday, June 9, including a carne asada (Mexican BBQ) and the church blessing of the facilities by a local priest.
Frank DeGelas of Mike Thompson's RV was presented Fleetwood's second Mexicali travel trailer unit, a 2008 Pioneer 18CK.
"We are very impressed with the quality of the product from Fleetwood's facility in Mexicali. The trailer looks great. The fit and finish is excellent," said DeGelas. "I definitely understand why Fleetwood wanted to join the growing group of world-class companies like Sony® and Black and Decker® who have opened operations in Mexicali."
NATIONAL RV / BLAZE'N 2003
NATIONAL RV / CARIBBEAN 2000-2001
NATIONAL RV / DOLPHIN 1997-2003
NATIONAL RV / DOLPHIN LX 2002-2003
NATIONAL RV / ISLANDER 2001-2003
NATIONAL RV / MARLIN 2001-2002
NATIONAL RV / MYSTIQUE 2002
NATIONAL RV / PALISADES 2002-2003
NATIONAL RV / PALISADES FW 2000-2003
NATIONAL RV / RAGE'N 2001-2003
NATIONAL RV / SEA BREEZE 1997-2003
NATIONAL RV / SEA BREEZE FW 1997-2003
NATIONAL RV / SEA BREEZE LX 2002-2003
NATIONAL RV / SEA VIEW 1998-2002
NATIONAL RV / SEABREEZE 2003
NATIONAL RV / SPLASH 2001-2003
NATIONAL RV / SURFSIDE 1999-2001
NATIONAL RV / TRADEWINDS 1997-2003
NATIONAL RV / TRADEWINDS LE 2002-2003
NATIONAL RV / TRADEWINDS LTC 2003
NATIONAL RV / TROPI-CAL 1997-2003
Manufacturer : NATIONAL RV, INC.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 07V230000 Mfr's Report Date : MAY 15, 2007
Component: EQUIPMENT:RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 21326
CERTAIN MOTOR HOMES EQUIPPED WITH A TWO-DOOR REFRIGERATOR, MANUFACTURED BY THE DOMETIC CORPORATION, MAY HAVE A DEFECT IN THE BOILER TUBE. PRESSURIZED COOLANT SOLUTION COULD BE RELEASED INTO AN AREA WHERE AN IGNITION SOURCE (GAS FLAME) IS PRESENT.
RELEASE OF COOLANT UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS COULD IGNITE AND RESULT IN A FIRE.
NATIONAL RV WILL BE WORKING WITH DOMETIC IN ORDER TO REPAIR THESE REFRIGERATORS (PLEASE SEE 06E076). DOMETIC WILL REPAIR THESE REFRIGERATORS BY INSTALLING A SECONDARY BURN HOUSING, A THERMAL FUSE, AND A MELT FUSE FREE OF CHARGE. DOMETIC HAS RETAINED STERICYCLE INC. TO MANAGE THIS CAMPAIGN. STERICYCLE WILL ASSIST OWNERS IN LOCATING DEALERSHIPS OR SERVICE CENTERS AND WILL PROVIDE ASSISTANCE WITH SCHEDULING OF APPOINTMENTS. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DOMETIC AT 1-888-446-5157, STERICYCLE AT 1-317-860-1163, OR NATIONAL RV AT 1-951-436-3000.
CUSTOMERS MAY 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.
HARSCO / CHEVROLET 2500HD 2001-2007
HARSCO / CHEVROLET 3500HD 2001-2007
Manufacturer : HARSCO TRACK TECHNOLOGIES
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 07V228000 Mfr's Report Date : MAY 23, 2007
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 700
ON CERTAIN VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH SERIES 0307, HR0307A, HR0307B, HR1000A OR HR1500HB HY--RAIL GUIDE WHEEL EQUIPMENT, THESE STEERING STOPS MAY NOT BE CORRECTLY INSTALLED.
DAMAGE OCCURS TO THE VEHICLE COMPONENTS AROUND THE RIMS ON THE FRONT OF THE VEHICLE. THE ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SENSOR WIRES COULD BE CUT.
THE VEHICLE'S FRONT TIRES, WHEELS, UPPER CONTROL ARMS, AND ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SENSOR WIRES WILL BE INSPECTED. IF ANY DAMAGE, WEAR, NICKS, GOUGES, CUT OR FRAYED WIRES, ARE FOUND, CONTROL ARM GUARD PLATES WILL BE NEEDED AND/OR THE STEERING STOPS WILL BE REPLACED. THE ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SENSOR WIRES WILL ALSO BE RELOCATED. OWNERS WERE NOTIFIED ON FEBRUARY 23, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HARSCO AT 1-507-235-7212.
CUSTOMERS 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.
COUNTRY COACH / ALLURE 2005-2007
Manufacturer : COUNTRY COACH INC
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 07V225000 Mfr's Report Date : JUN 01, 2007
Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 458
CERTAIN MOTOR HOMES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD (FMVSS) NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE MOTOR HOMES WERE EQUIPPED WITH MORE THAN THREE AMBER IDENTIFICATION LAMPS LOCATED AT THE TOP AND FRONT OF THE VEHICLE. ALSO, THE SIDE MARKER LIGHTS IN THE COMBINATION HEADLIGHT AND TAIL LIGHT ASSEMBLIES DO NOT MEET THE MINIMUM PHOTOMETRIC VALUE AT 45 DEGREES AS SPECIFIED IN THE STANDARD.
THE FIVE IDENTIFICATION LIGHTS COULD POSSIBLY CAUSE CONFUSION TO ON-COMING MOTORISTS WHO ARE USED TO OBSERVING THREE IDENTIFICATION LIGHTS. THE INADEQUACY OF THE FRONT AND REAR SIDE MARKER LIGHTS COULD AFFECT VISIBILITY OF THE MOTOR HOME DURING HOURS OF DARKNESS THAT COULD POTENTIALLY RESULT IN A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL REMOVE THE TWO EXTRA IDENTIFICATION LAMPS AND INSTALL FOUR SIDE MARKER LIGHTS, ONE AT EACH CORNER, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JUNE 21, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT COUNTRY COACH AT 800-547-8015.
CUSTOMERS MAY 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.
CUMMINS / ISL CM850 9999
Manufacturer : CUMMINS, INC.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 07E033000 Mfr's Report Date : MAY 18, 2007
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:DIESEL
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 2159
CERTAIN ISL CUMMINS CM850 DIESEL ENGINES PRODUCED FOR RECREATIONAL VEHICLE APPLICATIONS BETWEEN OCTOBER 17, 2005, AND APRIL 18, 2006, WITH ENGINE SERIAL NUMBER RANGE FROM 46543077 TO 46603939. THE CONNECTING ROD CONTAINS A MACHINING DEFECT IN THE WRIST PIN BUSHING OF THE ROD THAT COULD CAUSE SEIZURE OF THE PISTON PIN.
IF ALLOWED TO PROGRESS, THIS COULD LEAD TO ENGINE FAILURE WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF THE ROD RUPTURING THE BLOCK CAVITY. OIL AND DEBRIS ON THE ROADWAY COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
CUMMINS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPAIR THE ENGINES FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JUNE 2007. OWNERS CAN CONTACT CUMMINS CUSTOMER ASSISTANT CENTER AT 1-800-343-7357.
CUMMINS RECALL NO. C0713. CUSTOMERS MAY 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.