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Old 02-09-2014, 03:44 PM   #11
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Update on NHTSA and the Brakes/Seals issue. Spoke w/ Tom Bowman again today at the NHTSA. He has been in contact with FR and the "ball is rolling." He did indicate that one (1) person filed a complaint after mine. While we were on the phone, his Boss came in w/ a bag of grease soaked parts that someone had sent him, but did not know if it was in relation to this matter or not. So, if you've had a wheel seal failure and you have had your brake assemblies replaced due to this issue, please file a complaint with the NHTSA, but be sure to include your VIN# so they can try and narrow the scope of the investigation to the affected series of axles. VERY IMPORTANT AND COULD SAVE A LIFE; MAYBE YOURS!!!
http://www.NHTSA.com
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:12 PM   #12
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I take it this has to do with the Lippert axels having the inner grease seal fail on the hub. Grease leaks out, gets flung all over the place via centrifugal force of wheel spinning. Grease gets on brakes and breaks eventually get weak, fail, etc. I have read about this on a few Forest River brands lately.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:34 PM   #13
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Found this on the Columbus RV Group FB page today. Seems the NHTSA has given Lippert and FR until May 9th to provide ALL the documentation regarding this VERY SERIOUS ISSUE! More to follow as it becomes available!
http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/UCM452994/INIS-PE14008-59099.pdf
http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/UCM452993/INIM-PE14008-59098.pdf
http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/UCM452560/INOA-PE14008-6919.PDF
If you haven't filed a compliant with the NHTSA, it's not too late! Please go to their website and file, even if you have had the repairs done, it is imperative that we get ALL the information out there to hopefully force a recall and prevent someone from getting seriously injured and/or worse, killed. THANKS!
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