Posted Feb 22nd 2012 2:01PM
Honda is recalling some of its previous-generation Odyssey minivans due to potentially faulty gas-filled struts on vehicles equipped with a power rear liftgate. A total of 45,747 vehicles are affected by this recall, all of which are from the 2008 and 2009 model years, including 2,790 vehicles in Canada.
According to the official release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the faulty struts in these vehicles are prone to early life failures due to a "manufacturing flaw" (that's as specific as it gets), an issue that can result in the leak of pressurized gas. These struts aid in opening and closing the power liftgate, and if there isn't enough pressurized gas in the strut, performance can be diminished and can lead to unexpected liftgate closure, potentially causing an injury.
Honda will notify its owners beginning in mid-March, and dealers will replace both gas struts free of charge. For the full details, follow the jump to read NHTSA's report.
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MARKHAM, ON, Feb. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Honda Canada will voluntarily recall approximately 2,790 model-year 2008 and early-2009 Odyssey EX-L and Touring vehicles in Canada to replace the two power tailgate struts.
The gas-filled struts that help to raise and support the tailgate of vehicles equipped with a power tailgate system may be prone to early life failures. A strut failure may result in the tailgate closing under its own power, possibly unexpectedly, with the potential risk of injury and inconvenience to users. Two injuries in North America have been reported related to this issue.
Honda Canada is announcing this recall to encourage owners of all affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin next month. In the interim, owners can determine if their vehicles will require repair by going on-line to www.honda.ca/recalls or by calling 1-888-946-6329.
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