The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of some Isuzu SUVs over rear suspension parts that can corrode and fall off over time. The recall was announced July 9, and affects only certain regions of the U.S.
Isuzu recall: Amigo and Rodeo SUVs
More than 11,000 vehicles are affected in the recall. The recall affects the Amigo SUV for model years 1998 to 2000 and the Rodeo Sport SUVs, model years 2001 to 2002. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acknowledged the recall in a letter to Isuzu on Friday.
Brackets could rust
The reason for the recall is that some rear suspension brackets may be made of inferior materials, causing them to rust with time and fall off of the vehicles. If that should happen, the vehicle would become difficult to handle and that could contribute to a crash.
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The recall announcement does not make it clear if there have been any accidents or injuries as a result of the problem.
A regional recall
The recall affects vehicles only in colder regions where salt is used to keep the roads clear of ice. Salt facilitates the rusting of the brackets.
The vehicles in 22 regions of the country are affected. Those regions are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The recall is scheduled to begin later in the month. The owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by mail within weeks.
Affected owners will be able to have their vehicle inspected at an Isuzu dealership, where the rear suspension reinforcement brackets will be coated with rust-preventing compounds, or the brackets will be replaced, as needed, free of charge.
In the rare case that the brackets are so badly deteriorated that they can not be replaced, the Japanese automaker says it will buy the vehicle back from the owner at the current Kelley Blue Book private party sale price.
Isuzu also makes it clear that vehicles more than 10 years old will be repaired free of charge only if they respond within a year of the recall notification.
No U.S. consumer models
Because of financial hardship, Isuzu stopped selling consumer pickups and SUV in the U.S. in 2009. It continues selling commercial vehicles in America, but promises to honor its warranties on all models sold in the nation.
Questions? Isuzu can be reached at 800-255-6727.