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Old 05-26-2009, 05:26 PM   #1
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Airstream recall---new! NHTSA No 09V-159

Just got in the mail a letter dated May 1, 2009 from Airstream saying that:

Airstream has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain Bambi, International, Safari, 75th anniversary, DWR and Ocean Breeze brand travel trailers manufactured between June 2002 and April 2009. These travel trailers fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment." Other trailer models manufactured by Airstream during this time period are not included in this recall.

Your travel trailers potentially were built without rear reflex reflectors. The lack of of reflectance could lead to reduced visibility of the travel trailer resulting in a crash increasing the risk of physical damage, injury and possibly death.....


So it basically looks like if you have cast alum tail lights, they want you to stick these two red reflective stickers just above the bumper in line with the rear lights. Seems the lack of reflectors is the cause of the recall. I suspect if you have any of these trailers that has the old style tail lights you'd be fine as they have reflectors built in.

Will scan these documents in and post them. Not huge, like the axle recall, but a recall nonetheless.

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Old 05-27-2009, 09:10 AM   #2
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Here are the actual docs....
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:36 PM   #3
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Oh yeah, nothing says professional like a couple of stickers plastered on my trailer.

On the upside, I suppose anything in the vicinity of those cast taillights might hide some corrosion

Seriously, though: there is already some factory-installed conspicuity tape in seemingly purpose-built recesses in the side moldings toward the rear of my rig at bumper level -- definitely lower than the location in the recall. I wonder if it's be ok to place this stuff on the bumper rather than on the trailer skin?

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Old 05-30-2009, 01:54 PM   #4
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Wondering if there is a classier way to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, other than applying those two 15 cent stickers sent to me by the manufacturer of the best travel trailers in the world?
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If a driver can not see an Airstream in front of them in traffic, they have no business on the road!
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You think a couple of little dots lacks class??? I think sending out a single letter and expecting him to tell all AS owners about the recall is the real kicker! They certainly put a lot of faith in Silvetwinkie.
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You think a couple of little dots lacks class??? I think sending out a single letter and expecting him to tell all AS owners about the recall is the real kicker! They certainly put a lot of faith in Silvetwinkie.

Should that have been the case, it would have been a brilliant strategy from Jackson Center because Silvertwinkie has the network genius to disseminate the information, and the cost of the stamp appears to exceed the cost of the stickers.

The letter, stickers, and illustrated diagram was waiting for me in my mail box when I returned (safely) from my 2500 mile road trip last night. I feel safer now.
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Wondering if there is a classier way to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, other than applying those two 15 cent stickers sent to me by the manufacturer of the best travel trailers in the world?
Hi, my trailer already has some pretty nice reflectors in the back, but they are under the bumper and may be hard to see. Why not give us the same plastic, chromed frame, type reflectors for the recall?

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Hi, a reflector is really only good at night when your lights aren't on or don't work. Still it looks like a very small reflector for such a large vehicle.

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The letter, stickers, and illustrated diagram was waiting for me in my mail box when I returned (safely) from my 2500 mile road trip last night. I feel safer now.
Hi, I just came home from a 4,500 mile trip and still didn't receive my letter. And if you click to enlarge the picture on the left, you can barely see the right rear reflector on my trailer. From the center you wouldn't be able to see it at all. Also if enlarge the picture on the right you can barely see the left reflector.
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We are newbies and since we are not original owners, imagine we would never know about this except for this wonderful forum.
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How about a strip of that SOLAS 3M tape across the bumper. That's a pretty darn good reflector of any light.
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All I could think about when I read the title was: Oh crap, how do I handle a recall from across the sea? Then I saw the issue, and thought, are they serious? Then I pulled up a few pictures of the trailer - sure enough, it has those little reflectors installed. They sure look small and not terribly critical to me.

I just hope no really big recalls happen...
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Just got in the mail a letter dated May 1, 2009 from Airstream saying that:


Your travel trailers potentially were built without rear reflex reflectors. The lack of of reflectance could lead to reduced visibility of the travel trailer resulting in a crash increasing the risk of physical damage, injury and possibly death.....


So it basically looks like if you have cast alum tail lights, they want you to stick these two red reflective stickers just above the bumper in line with the rear lights. Seems the lack of reflectors is the cause of the recall. I suspect if you have any of these trailers that has the old style tail lights you'd be fine as they have reflectors built in.

Will scan these documents in and post them. Not huge, like the axle recall, but a recall nonetheless.

FYI......
Gee maybe that's why the cop hit me! He was not blinded by the required reflectors. Not sure if my trailer was included. I have not seen a letter from Airstream yet.
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Not sure if my trailer was included. I have not seen a letter from Airstream yet.
Apparently, Classics aren't included in the recall. I guess it's just the International styled LED bezels that are in the recall.
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Hi, my trailer already has some pretty nice reflectors in the back, but they are under the bumper and may be hard to see. Why not give us the same plastic, chromed frame, type reflectors for the recall?



Hi, a reflector is really only good at night when your lights aren't on or don't work. Still it looks like a very small reflector for such a large vehicle.



Hi, I just came home from a 4,500 mile trip and still didn't receive my letter. And if you click to enlarge the picture on the left, you can barely see the right rear reflector on my trailer. From the center you wouldn't be able to see it at all. Also if enlarge the picture on the right you can barely see the left reflector.
Uh, those two images don't look like the same trailer. The stripes don't match. The point is well demonstrated, though.
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