Transmission defect leads to recall of 1,250 Tiffin motorhomes
Tiffin Motorhomes Incorporated, at the request of the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has issued a voluntary recall for an estimated 1,250 motor homes built on stripped Ford F-59 and F-53 chasses due to a possible defect in the transmission’s gear shift cable. The gear shift cable installed in certain models of the manufacturer’s Allegro Motorhomes from model years 2010 through 2012 may become detached from the transmission’s control selector arm assembly, which is mounted on the vehicle’s steering column. If the gear shift cable breaks the transmission’s gear shift indicator will not move from first gear position regardless of the transmission’s actual gear selection. The incorrect positioning of the gear selection indicator may create a situation in which the vehicle’s operator is unsure of whether the vehicle is in park or reverse, possibly causing the vehicle to roll away when left unattended. This could result in a collision leading to severe injuries or fatalities. Currently Tiffin Motorhomes is working in cooperation with Ford Motor Company to determine which vehicles are affected by this recall and to inform the owners of these motorhomes of the potential safety issue. Consumers in possession of the affected motorhomes will be able to return them to their original place of purchase, where Ford authorized technicians will replace affected gear shift cables at not cost to the motorhome’s owners. More information on this recall can be obtained by contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline and referencing campaign identification number 12V215000.