Recall Issued For Honda Passport, Isuzu Rodeo And Axiom

October 1, 2010

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of Honda Passports and Isuzu Rodeos from the 1998 - 2002 model years, as well as the 2002 Isuzu Axiom. At issue is a mounting bracket for the vehicles' rear suspension, which may be corroding faster than expected.

According to the NHTSA bulletin, the recall affects, models that were "originally sold, or are currently registered, in the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and Kentucky." As you might guess from that list, the problem centers around de-icing chemicals used on roadways in those states -- chemicals that can corrode the affected vehicles' rear suspension brackets, potentially causing them to detach. Not good.

If you own one of the aforementioned vehicles, you should call your local dealer, because the remedy process is slightly complicated. (Since there are no Isuzu dealerships for passenger vehicles, Isuzu owners should visit to find the nearest service center.) In a nutshell, your dealer/service center will take a look at the affected part, and if there's little/no corrosion, the area will be treated with an anti-corrosive compound. If corrosion has already developed, they'll install a secondary support bracket (presumably, one that won't corrode). And if your vehicle is in severe condition...well, Honda and Isuzu will cross that bridge when they come to it. 

Repairs will be conducted free of charge, provided the vehicle is 10 years old or less. If the vehicle is older than 10 years, the service will be provided free, too, but only if it's taken to a dealer within 12 months of the owner notification letter sent from Honda or Isuzu. (P.S. Those letters haven't been sent yet, so you're probably okay for time.)

If you have questions that your dealer or service center can't answer, call Honda at 800-999-1009 or Isuzu at 800-225-6727, or call the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and reference recall campaign #10V436000.


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