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What’s the Problem?
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this recall affects:
- 2016 Forest River Coachmen Orion
- 2019-2020 Forest River Lone Star Handicap Vans
- 2016-2018 Forest River Dynamax Rev
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The transmission shifter cable may separate and disconnect from the transmission, causing affected vehicles to not perform shifts intended by the driver and the gear shift lever position not matching the actual transmission gear, NHTSA said. The driver may be unaware of the actual gear position and unintended vehicle movement can occur, increasing the risk of a crash.
Forest River is notifying owners and Fiat Chrysler USA dealers will replace the transmission shift cable, free of charge. This recall began on April 28, 2020.
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Forest River Over Motorhome Fire Hazard
In April 2019, Jay Nelson bought a new 2019 Forest River Puma fifth-wheel travel trailer from a Montana dealer. Just over a year later, Nelson and his family were heading out on a camping trip. Nelson observed smoke coming from the back of his pickup. He pulled over and observed a wiring fire on the RV, which he managed to put out.
The Forest River dealer restored the Puma to its “off the factory line” condition and turned the fifth wheel back over to the Nelson family.
A subsequent investigation revealed that the fire broke out in the electrical junction box that connects to the rig’s 7-connector wiring that umbilicals the trailer to the tow vehicle wiring. Nelson argues the fire was caused by improper wiring and that Forest River didn’t have a circuit breaker in the wiring that ran from the house batteries out to the junction box. A short in the wiring led to too much current, and the wiring caught fire, Nelson claims.
Nelson filed a lawsuit against Forest River in May 2022, alleging that the company not only didn’t properly insulate the wiring, nor include circuit overload protection, but they did so in violation of Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) safety standards. The suit asks the court to give it a class action since it contends that Forest River has manufactured hundreds of Puma fifth-wheel travel trailers with the same alleged design flaw.
- Forest River Berkshire Motorhome Lawsuit
- Forest River Coachmen Motorhome Lawsuit
- Forest River Georgetown Motorhome Lawsuit
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Do I Have a Coachmen RV Recalls Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Coachmen RV Recalls Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled Coachmen RV, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.