1998-2002 Honda Passport Recalled For Suspension Rust

December 17, 2010
2000 Honda Passport LX

2000 Honda Passport LX

Honda has announced that it will recall nearly 36,000 Passport utility vehicles in the U.S. market, for a potentially serious safety issue due to rusting at brackets for the rear suspension.

If these brackets corrode to an extreme, it could lead to the lower-link bracket to separate from the frame, affecting vehicle handling, according to Honda, and increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall is limited to so-called Salt Belt states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington D.C.

Honda is encouraging owners to take their Passport to the dealer as soon as they receive a notice by mail. Affected parts will be checked for rust and repaired or replaced if needed.

The recall campaign appears to be an expansion of one announced in September by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That bulletin covers nearly 150,000 vehicles, though it includes related Isuzu Rodeo and Axiom models.

The Passport, which was essentially a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo and built in Indiana, wasn't the only fruit of those automakers' partnership. Honda also sold a version of the Isuzu Trooper, called the Acura SLX.

For more information, owners can call 800-999-1009 or go to www.recalls.honda.com.


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