Honda has announced a recall of the Odyssey minivan, comprising 46,000 units in the U.S., from the 2008 and 2009 model years. The issue is with the lift struts on models equipped with the power-assisted rear doors, which can fail and possibly cause injuries.
Gas leak from pneumatic arms
A recall has been announced by Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concerning the Odyssey minivan, according to MSNBC. The recall covers Odyssey units from the 2008 and the 2009 model years that are equipped with the power-assisted rear doors, which come on EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite trims, according to the Honda website.
The issue is with the pneumatic struts which lift the doors, which can leak gas due to a manufacturing defect, according to AutoBlog. If the struts start leaking gas, the struts can lose lifting capacity, causing the struts to fail and the rear door to close unexpectedly.
Almost 46,000 units
The recall covers 45,757 units in the United States. Honda will notify owners in March.
There have only been seven reported instances of the failure, according to the New York Times, and only two cases in which an injury was reported. In both cases, according to MSNBC, the injury was minor.
The issue has been known about since Sept. 2011, when the NHTSA informed Honda that it was investigating the seven incident reports and two injuries due to failing rear doors on 2008 and 2009 Odyssey minivans, according to the New York Times.
Same old song and dance
Honda has been pressured to announce a recall for this exact issue before, as the NHTSA pushed Honda to recall the power lift struts on 22,000 Odyssey units of the 2006 model in 2009, which Honda refused.
At the time, Toyota had been allowed to conduct a “safety campaign” for failing rear struts on 196,000 Sienna minivans from the 2004 to 2006 model years. Honda conducted a “safety improvement campaign” of its own for the 2005 Odyssey in 2010.
Fix for free
Honda is going to notify owners by March 13, according to AutoBlog, and inform them of the issue. Owners can take their Odyssey to their local Honda dealership service station, where Honda will replace the struts at no cost to the owner.