Roof Top Tent Cover May Crack and Detach – 2018 Jeep Wrangler

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April 23, 2019 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 19V320000

Roof Top Tent Cover May Crack and Detach

If the roof top tent cover detaches from the vehicle while moving, it can create a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V320

Manufacturer EHG USA LP dba American Fastbacks

Components EQUIPMENT

Potential Number of Units Affected 94

 

Summary

Erwin Hymer Group USA LP dba American Fastbacks (EHGUSA-AF) is recalling certain 2018 Jeep Wrangler vehicles sold with a roof top tent installed. The top cover of the roof top tent may crack or break, possibly resulting in the cover detaching from the vehicle while moving.

 

Remedy

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall began May 9, 2019. Owners may contact American Fastbacks customer service at 1-844-533-7997 extension 301. Note: Vehicles in this recall are also included in recall 19V-190.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

 


URGENT NOTICE REGARDING SAFETY RECALL

 

TO: [Dealer Owner/GM]

DATE:  May 9, 2019

REGARDING:  Jeep Wrangler Vehicles – American Fastback Edition: Badlands Model

Erwin Hymer Group USA L.P. dba American Fastbacks (“EHGUSA-AF”) has determined that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety may exist in the above listed vehicles sold by EHGUSA-AF.  You must stop operating the above referenced vehicle models at this time.  EHGUSA-AF has learned that vehicles with an installed roof-top tent are a possible safety risk.  A quality issue in a part manufactured by a third-party may cause the roof top tent to crack under extreme weather conditions, which case lead to the top cover becoming detached from a driving vehicle.

The company is in the process of filing a report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Please note that the affected vehicles are already subject to an earlier NHTSA recall.  This is an additional recall that only affects the Badlands Models.

It is a violation of Federal law for a dealer to sell or lease a new motor vehicle covered by this notification. Dealers may not sell or lease vehicles currently in their possession to consumers.

Dealers must provide contact information to EHGUSA-AF for consumers who purchased vehicles so that appropriate notices can be transmitted to them.

You must stop operating the above referenced vehicle models.

Please call us as soon as possible at 1.909.417.1298 or antoniog@americanfastbacks.com Kind Regards,

 

J. Antonio Gonzalez
Head of Operations
Erwin Hymer Group dba American Fastbacks / Cliffride


IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL NOTICE

This notice applies to your vehicle, VIN:

 

Dear Sir/Madam:

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

Erwin Hymer Group USA L.P. dba American Fastbacks (“EHGUSA-AF”) has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 2018 Jeep Wrangler Vehicles – American Fastback Edition: Badlands model, which were likely sold between January 2018 and February 2019.

We understand that you own or may have owned one of these Jeep Wrangler Vehicles – American Fastback Edition.

 

!! IMPORTANT !!

  • The Jeep Wrangler Vehicles – American Fastback Edition is being recalled by the manufacturer, Erwin Hymer Group USA L.P. d/b/a American Fastbacks.
  • You should cease any use of the vehicle.
  • You should not drive the vehicle and should contact your dealer or Erwin Hymer Group USA L.P. to pick up your vehicle at its current location.

 

Why is a recall being conducted? Erwin Hymer Group USA L.P. dba American Fastbacks (“EHGUSA-AF”) the manufacturer of the Jeep Wrangler Vehicles – American Fastback Edition: Badlands model, has identified a safety defect related to vehicles sold between January 2018 and February 2019. EHGUSA-AF has determined that there may be a quality issue which could cause the roof top tent to crack due to certain weather conditions. This can lead to the top cover becoming detached from a moving vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
What are we doing about the problem? The affected vehicles are already subject to a different NHTSA recall number 19V190.  Under that recall, EHGUSAAF plans to buy back vehicles (in some cases conditional upon obtaining third party financing) within 30 days of funding date.  All vehicles impacted by this recall will be subject to the remedy provided for in the prior recall you have already been notified about.
What should you do? You should immediately stop using your vehicle. Please contact EHGUSA-AF at the following toll-free number: 1-844-533-7997 x 301. Please provide Information to arrange to have your vehicle collected from its current location. For buyback of your vehicle, please collect your receipts for purchase of the vehicle and related costs, including license and registration fees and send copies to EHGUSA-AF at the following address: 1945 Burgundy Place, Ontario, CA 91761. Please send copies and retain your originals at this time.
What if you no longer own this vehicle?

Who should you contact if you

If you no longer own this vehicle, but have the contact information for the new owner, please forward the new owner’s contact information to EHGUSA-AF so that proper notification can be sent. Notification can be sent to EHGUSA-AF at the following address: 1945 Burgundy Place, Ontario, CA 91761.
have further questions or concerns? If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact EHGUSA-AF, at the following toll-free number: 1-844-533-7997 x 301.
If you are the lessor of a vehicle: Please forward a copy of this notice to the lessee as soon as possible and, in any case, within ten days to comply with federal regulations.

 

If, after having attempted to take advantage of this recall, you believe you have not been able to have your vehicle remedied without charge and within a reasonable amount of time or received restitution, you may submit a complaint to the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington D.C., 20590; or call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1- 800-424-9153); or go to https://www.safercar.gov.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience this safety recall may cause, but your safety is our first concern. Sincerely,

 

J. Antonio Gonzalez
Head of Operations
Erwin Hymer Group dba American Fastbacks / Cliffride


NHTSA 19V320 Recall Remedy Update:

During the upfitting stage of certain 2017 and 2018 Jeep Wrangler models (Sport/Sahara and Rubicon), Erwin

Hymer Group USA LP d/b/a American Fastbacks (the “Company”) installed a roof top tent and brackets to the Badlands model vehicles. This roof top tent was purchased directly from a Chinese manufacturer who ensured all quality requirements such as fit, form and function were met. The Company has learned that the roof top tents fail (e.g. large cracks on top cover) under extreme weather conditions (cold).  A broken or crack top cover can become detached from the tent assembly if sufficient wind is caught underneath it when the vehicle is in motion. The suspect vehicles were shipped to customers with a tie down strap for prevention of any disengaged part of the roof top tent. The population of affected vehicles is also included in the population of vehicles being recalled under NHTSA recall 19V190 which deals with GVWR issues.

The recall remedy will be to remove the supplier roof top tents from the Badlands model vehicles currently in the Company’s possession, as well as Vehicles that the Company recovers from consumers and dealers.[1]    No replacement tent will be installed instead a roof cross bar system (refer to Figure 1) will be used for bike or kayak attachments.  Current plans include the destruction of all 300+ supplier roof top tents so they are not used again.

[1] The Company is currently in active bankruptcy.  The Company is in the process of obtaining possession of certain Vehicles acquired by consumers pre-recall, and certain Vehicles from dealers that had not been paid for by such dealers or their respective floor plan finance lenders.  Other dealer claims related to the Vehicles may be addressed in the bankruptcy proceeding.

 


1 Affected Product

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
JEEP WRANGLER 2018

 


12 Associated Documents

Recall 573 Report – AMENDMENT 2

RCLRPT-19V320-6462.PDF 215.038KB

RCLRPT-19V320-6462

 


ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-19V320-7967.pdf 180.964KB

RCONL-19V320-7967

 


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-19V320-8451.pdf 289.15KB

RCAK-19V320-8451

 


Recall 573 Report – AMENDMENT 1

RCLRPT-19V320-9313.PDF 214.471KB

RCLRPT-19V320-9313

 


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-19V320-8326.pdf 152.08KB

RCMN-19V320-8326

 


Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-19V320-3077.PDF 212.489KB

RCLRPT-19V320-3077

 


Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2019-4

RCLQRT-19V320-9794.PDF 211.33KB

RCLQRT-19V320-9794

 


Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2019-3

RCLQRT-19V320-7943.PDF 211.241KB

RCLQRT-19V320-7943

 


Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2019-3

RCLQRT-19V320-9009.PDF 211.246KB

RCLQRT-19V320-9009

 


Miscellaneous Document – Recall Remedy Update

RMISC-19V320-6593.pdf 150.788KB

RMISC-19V320-6593

 


Recall 573 Report – Amendment 3

RCLRPT-19V320-1619.PDF 215.084KB

RCLRPT-19V320-1619

 


Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2019-2

RCLQRT-19V320-8902.PDF 211.142KB

RCLQRT-19V320-8902

 


Latest Recalls Documents

For the Latest and Most Recent Recalls Information Visit the link below…

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=19V320&docType=RCL

 


 

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