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Update: Heartland RVs Recalled for Defective Outrigger
Heartland is recalling Milestone fifth-wheel trailers from model years 2019-2020 which were sold with outriggers that may bend due to loading within the rear storage area. “If the outriggers bend, it can negatively affect vehicle handling, increasing the risk of a crash,” NHTSA said. This recall began on December 4, 2020.
What’s the Problem?
Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC, is recalling certain fifth wheel travel trailers over an incorrectly located smoke detector which could increase the risk of a fire and serious personal injuries, including death.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this recall affects:
- 2020 Heartland Bighorn Traveler
- 2020 Heartland Elkridge
- 2020 Heartland Milestone
- 2020 Heartland Pioneer
The smoke detector in affected Heartland travel trailers may be incorrectly located in the bedroom, NHTSA said. In the event of a fire, the smoke detector may not provide adequate warning for the occupants to be able to escape safely, increasing the risk of injury.
Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC, is notifying owners and dealers will either relocate the detector or add an additional one, according to the NHTSA. This recall began on April 3, 2020.
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Heartland Shadow Cruiser Recall
Heartland is recalling 2020 Shadow Cruiser Ultra Lite trailers for an incorrect gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and axle rating, according to the NHTSA. An incorrect GVWR could result in the vehicle being overloaded and the axles failing, increasing the risk of a crash. This recall began on May 11, 2020.
Common RV Problems
The best way to prevent problems with your recreational vehicle is to make a regular maintenance schedule. Even if you have a brand-new RV, some of these problems can occur. Some of the most common RV problems that you need to be ready for include:
- Flat or Blown Tire – Most RVs are not factory-equipped with high-quality tires, and many people recommend getting better tires immediately if you plan on making long or frequent trips. If a tire is damaged, isn’t inflated correctly, or is not rated for the correct weight, it can blow out.
- Plumbing Leaks – As in homes, plumbing leaks are common in RVs. However, in an RV the leak can cause significant damage due to the fact that many electrical and mechanical parts are located together in the underbelly and storage areas.
- Storage Tank Issues – The storage tanks under the RV hold fresh water, water from the sinks and shower, and water from the toilet. The tank that is most likely to experience issues is the tank from the toilet. Maintain your black water tank by making sure to use enough water when flushing, using toilet paper that is approved for RV use, and never flushing anything except toilet paper.
- Old Batteries – Just like car batteries, RV batteries will eventually need to be replaced. RV batteries that are well-maintained last much longer than those that aren’t. Batteries that contain water need to be topped off regularly and not allowed to go dry.
- Window or Door Latch Problems – Because RVs do a lot of twisting, turning, and bumping while they drive, the door and window latches can easily get misaligned and become difficult to use. Maintain the latches by leveling the camper as much as possible each time you use it and occasionally adjusting the latches when necessary.
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Do I Have a Heartland Trailer 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 Heartland Trailers Recall 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 Heartland Trailer, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.