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Forest River Coachmen Motorhome Lawsuit

Forest River, Inc., is recalling certain Coachmen motorhomes for a brake problem that could cause a loss of directional stability when braking, increasing the risk of a crash.
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What’s the Problem?

This recall affects 2021 Forest River Coachmen Galleria motorhomes built on a Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The outer area of the brake hoses on the front and rear axles of affected motorhomes may have been damaged during manufacturing, NHTSA said. These hoses could potentially leak brake fluid, affecting the braking performance of the RV, including the loss of directional stability while braking, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River is notifying owners and dealers will check the condition of the brake hoses on the front and rear axles and replace them, as needed, free of charge.

This recall began on December 10, 2020.

Forest River Travel Trailer Class Action Lawsuit

In June 2022, a class action lawsuit was filed in Montana alleging that certain Forest River Palomino Puma Fifth Wheel RVs were manufactured without the proper over-current protection needed to protect from an electrical short.

According to the lawsuit, Plaintiff Jay Nelson bought a new 2019 Forest River Puma fifth-wheel travel trailer from a Montana dealer. Just over a year later, Nelson observed smoke coming from the back of his pickup while he was towing his RV. He pulled over and observed a wiring fire on the fifth wheel, which he was able to put out.

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 further alleged that Forest River not only didn’t properly insulate the wiring, nor include circuit overload protection, but the company did so in violation of RVIA safety standards.

The lawsuit is Nelson v. Forest River Inc., et al., Case No. 4:22-cv-00049, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.

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