Travel Trailers Recalled for Potential Brake Defect

ELKHART, Ind. — Forest River, Inc., has agreed to recall certain model-year 2020-2022 travel trailers which might have a defect within the braking system.

The recall population of 12,141 Coachmen Catalina Travel Trailers and Forest River Inc. Aurora Travel Trailers might have the breakaway switch incorrectly wired to the battery disconnect, which can prevent the trailer brakes from activating as intended.

Specifically, according to National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 22V-477, “The breakaway switch wire was connected to a mini-breaker that was connected to the auxiliary side of the battery disconnect. By the breakaway switch being wired to the auxiliary side of the battery disconnect, it is not supplying constant power to the switch, therefore, the switch may not engage when needed and consequently not allow the trailer brakes to activate.”

NHTSA went on to report should the brakes not activate properly, the subsequent actions might lead to “property damage, injury and/or death.”

The remedy includes wiring the breakaway switch to constant power so it will activate properly.

Dealers are scheduled to be notified by Aug. 15th.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.