The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that Sunset Park & RV, Inc. has recalled the 2014 model EZ Traveler (21LE) travel trailer that was manufactured on February 19, 2013, due to unexpected unfolding of an awning on the trailers. According to NHTSA, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear due to a design change in the power awning motor assembly. If these screws shear, the awning can unfold unexpectedly while the vehicle is at rest or even while the vehicle is moving down the road. This potential for the awning to suddenly unfold substantially increases the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash, which could result in injury or death to others on the highway.
A few years ago, our firm successfully handled a similar case. In that case, an awning became unattached to a horse trailer traveling down the highway. The awning struck and killed another motorist whose vehicle was traveling in the opposite lane. If you need more information relating to this topic, contact Mike Andrews, a lawyer in our Personal Injury/Products Liability Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Mike.Andrews@beasleyallen.com.
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