Newmar RVs recall motorcoaches because the microwave inside can start on its own

Almost 700 motorcoaches have been recalled by Newmar because the microwaves inside them can start on their own, which is a fire hazard.

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.

A Nappanee-based recreational vehicle maker is recalling motor coaches because of a fire risk with their microwave ovens, federal regulators announced Thursday, March 27.

Newmar Corp. is recalling 657 vehicles it made from February to mid-November in 2013. The microwaves can start on their own, creating a fire risk if there is something inside the microwave, according to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Martinez, Ga.-based Frigidaire, which manufactured the microwaves, alerted Newmar of the problem, then Newmar contacted the NHTSA with its voluntary recall plans, according to the federal agency.

"We're working with Frigidare to come up with a solution, and once we do that, we'll contact owners," said Brian Fuchs, who works in owner relations for Newmar.

Owners likely will be directed to Newmar-approved service centers, where the circuit board to the microwaves will be replaced, Fuchs said.

Newmar was not aware of any property damage, injury or death caused by the problem, according to a report it filed with the NHTSA.

The recall affects eight of the nine motor coach models Newmar makes. Only the King Aire isn't affected.

For more information call Newmar customer service at 800-731-8300. Owners may also call the the NHTSA Hotline at 888-327-4236.

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