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NHTSA Recall 11V171000

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government Recreational Vehicles Vehicles:  Sierra Trailer

NHTSA Recall 11V171000

NHTSA Campaign ID number : 	11V171000
	
Vehicle Make / Model: 	    	Model Year(s):
     SIERRA / CIMARRON 	    	2005
     SIERRA / FEATHERLITE 	    	2008
     SIERRA / UNITED 	    	2008
Manufacturer: SIERRA CUSTOM INTERIORS 	Mfr's Report Date: MAR 08, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V171000 	
EQ10010
NHTSA Action Number: EQ10010
Component: EQUIPMENT:RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3
Summary:
SIERRA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005 CIMARRON AND MODEL YEAR 2008 FEATHERLITE AND UNITED TRAILERS EQUIPPED WITH 1200-SERIES NORCOLD REFRIGERATORS. THE POPULATION OF REFRIGERATORS BEING ADDRESSED CONTAINS EITHER A SENSING ALGORITHM OR THERMAL SWITCH TO SHUT OFF POWER TO THE REFRIGERATOR WHEN HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE DETECTED IN ORDER TO PREVENT A POTENTIAL FIRE. THE RESPONSE TIMES OF THE SENSOR ALGORITHM AND THERMAL SWITCH DEVICES TO STOP POWER ARE NOT SUFFICIENT.
Consequence:
THE SENSING ALGORITHM OR THERMAL SWITCH INSTALLED TO SHUT OFF POWER TO THE REFRIGERATOR WHEN HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE DETECTED DUE TO A POSSIBLE HYDROGEN GAS LEAK MAY NOT SHUT OFF IN SUFFICIENT TIME TO PREVENT A FIRE.
Remedy:
SIERRA IS WORKING WITH NORCOLD TO IDENTIFY AND NOTIFY ANY AFFECTED OWNERS. OWNERS WILL BE INSTRUCTED TO CONTACT NORCOLD DEALERS TO RECEIVE THE REMEDY FREE OF CHARGE. PLEASE SEE NORCOLD'S DEFECT REPORT 10E-049 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 18, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NORCOLD AT 1-800-767-9101.
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 .


Associated Investigations

Norcold Refrigerator Fires
NHTSA ID: EQ10010
Dated opened: December 14, 2010

On October 7, 2010 Norcold, Inc. (Norcold) notified the NHTSA that it had decided certain 1200 series refrigerators, manufactured between January 1, 2003, and October 6, 2010, contain a safety related defect. Norcold stated that certain refrigerators contain either a sensing algorithm or a thermal switch to interrupt power to the refrigerator when it detects high temperatures that could lead to a fire. Norcold intends to install a thermocouple to improve the response time of this high temperature detection and further reduce the possibility of fire within these units. Should a fire occur within a refrigerator installed into a recreational vehicle, both personal injury and property damage are possible. This issue was assigned recall number 10E-049.

On December 14, 2010, the Recall Management Division (RMD) mailed an information request (IR) letter to Norcold requesting a list of customers who purchased the same or similar defective refrigerators. Norcold responded to RMD's IR letter on December 21, 2010, with a list of companies that were further sold this equipment.

On January 3, 2011, RMD mailed IR letters to 55 companies from Norcold's customer list known to manufacture vehicles or alter new vehicles. On August 8, 2011, RMD mailed another IR to 6 companies that did not respond to the first request for information.

In total, 39 companies filed responses with RMD. Of those companies that responded, 23 filed Defect Reports with NHTSA and conducted safety recalls for their affected vehicles. 12 companies responded that they did not install the defective refrigerators into new motor vehicles. One company, Gulfstream Coach Inc., filed their Part 573 Report prior to the opening of this EQ. Three companies, Country Coach Corp., Trail Lite, and H&H Trailer Company, responded that their companies were previously liquidated and their new companies did have the needed records to conduct safety recalls.

Of the IR letters mailed, 12 letters were undeliverable due to companies now out of business. Four companies, Elite Trailer, Inc., Mathees Enterprises, Nashville Coach, Inc., and Rexhall Industries did not file a written response with RMD despite being contacted multiple times. RMD will refer this matter to the Office of the Chief Counsel (NCC) for further enforcement activity as appropriate.

The following companies submitted the appropriate Part 573 Report for their affected vehicles:

ALUMINUM TRAILER COMPANY (11V-233)COACHMEN RV COMPANY, LLC (11V-065)DYNAMAX CORPORATION (11V-069)FLEETWOOD RV, INC. (11V-074)FOREST RIVER, INC. (11V-152)GEOMARC, INC., (11V-231)HAULMARK MOTOR COACH (11V-269)KING OF THE ROAD (11V-085)KZRV, L.P. (11V-022)MARATHON HOMES CORP. (11V-080)NEW HORIZONS RV CORPORATION (11V-140)NEWMAR CORPORATION (11V-235)NRC MODIFICATIONS, INC. (11V-073)SHOWHAULER TRUCKS INC. (11V-103)SIERRA CUSTOM INTERIORS (11V-171)SPACE CRAFT MFG. INC. (11V-052)SUPERIOR COACH INTERIORS, INC. (11V-449)T&E ENTERPRISES (11V-075)TECHWORKS INC. (11V-484)TRAIL BOSS CONVERSIONS, INC. (11V-083)TRAVEL UNITS INC. (11V-056)TRIPLE E RECREATIONAL VEHICLES (11V-138)UNITED SPECIALTIES INC. (11V-087)

A summary of IR responses can be found attached with this closing resume.

This EQ is closed.


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
18 February 2011DEALERS AND SERVICE CENTERS SAFETY NOTIFICATION
Sierra Custom Interiors
NHTSA Recall 11V171000

PDF
- 124KB - 3 pages
8 March 2011PART 573 Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports
Sierra Custom Interiors
NHTSA Recall 11V171000

PDF
- 251KB - 5 pages
16 March 2011Refrigerators/Possible Fire/Norcold
To: John Eutsey, Sierra Custom Interiors
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V171000

PDF
- 28KB - 3 pages


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