Does your Airstream trailer have federally-required reflectors properly installed at the rear? Some new Airstreams, manufactured between 2002 and 2009, were not produced with required rear reflectors. This is the subject of a recent recall notice by Airstream Company and, according to Airstream Company, affects 2,052 trailers.
Airstream is apparently sending out notifications and reflex reflectors to all registered owners of 2002-2009 16′, 19′, and 22′ travel trailers. Airstream states the specified trailer models potentially lack required rear safety reflectors. Since the factory-installed tail lights on these models (Bambi, International, Safari, 75th Anniversary, DWR, and Ocean Breeze) lack the legally required reflective qualities, new reflectors need to be added to these vehicles.
What should you do?
Do you have an Airstream 16, 19, or 22 built between 2002 and 2009? If you do not have reflectors, act now or immediately upon receiving the recall notice to install reflectors. If you have reflectors, are your reflectors in good repair and conspicuous to another vehicle behind yours? Try to imagine what another driver, from behind you, would see under low-light or reduced visibility conditions. You may need to address this to reduce the chance of a potentially serious accident. Take a careful look TODAY at the rear of your trailer!
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a long-standing requirement for provision of reflectors on motor vehicles and trailers [Part 571.108]. This requires all cars, trucks, and trailers sold in the United States to have reflex reflectors on the vehicle rear. Somehow, certain models of Airstream trailers produced between 2002 and 2009 escaped the factory without the required safety equipment.
Summary of rear reflector requirements from Tables in 571.108:
Reflex reflectors shall be located at the rear on each side of the vertical centerline as far apart as practicable, at the same height not less than 15 inches, nor more than 60 inches height above road [at curb weight].
Links for more information:
Below are three links, these are correspondence between Thor/Airstream and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Airstream’s proposed owner notification letter.
Owner Notification Letter
Excerpts from the Regulations:
Below are excerpts from the NHTSA regulations regarding reflectors for trailers. These excerpts provide the reader with the Purpose, Scope, and Applicability of the reflector regulations. These are verbatim from NHTSA Regulations Part 571 Standard 108:
Part 571: Motor Carrier Vehicle Safety Standards
Subpart B—Motor Carrier Vehicle Safety Standards
§571.108 Standard No. 108; Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.
S1. Scope. This standard specifies requirements for original and replacement lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.
S2.Purpose. The purpose of this standard is to reduce traffic accidents and deaths and injuries resulting from traffic accidents, by providing adequate illumination of the roadway, and by enhancing the conspicuity of motor vehicles on the public roads so that their presence is perceived and their signals understood, both in daylight and in darkness or other conditions of reduced visibility.
S3. Application. This standard applies to:
(S3)(a) Passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, trailers (except pole trailers and trailer converter dollies), and motorcycles;
(S3)(b) Retroreflective sheeting and reflex reflectors manufactured to conform to S5.7 of this standard; and
(S3)(c) Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment for replacement of like equipment on vehicles to which this standard applies.
Notice of this recall also posted on Carolinas Unit of NC website at Safety Alerts page.
Web Communications Director
Carolinas Unit of NC (021)