Honda has issued a recall for Odyssey minivans from the 2008 and 2009 model years. The recall centers around a flaw in the liftgate system that could cause injuries to owners.
According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the gas-filled struts which help the Odyssey's liftgate raise and lower smoothly could be leaking some of their pressurized gas. Since the struts also help hold the liftgate open, a loss of gas could result in the liftgate suddenly closing, causing injury to anyone in its path. (If you've ever been knocked in the head by a dodgy liftgate, you know how painful that can be.)
Honda says that it will begin sending out notices of the recall around March 13. At that time, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a Honda dealer, who will replace both liftgate struts free of charge.
Should you have questions in the meantime, we encourage you to call Honda Customer Service at 800-999-1009 and ask about recall #S22. Alternately, you can contact the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about campaign #12V062000.