2008-2009 Honda Odyssey: Recall Alert

February 22, 2012

Honda is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2008-2009 model year Odyssey minivans over concerns about a liftgate flaw.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 45,747.

2008 Honda Odyssey Touring

2008 Honda Odyssey Touring

Documentation from Honda indicates that potential defect involves certain 2008 Odyssey EX-L and Touring models built from October 2, 2007 through August 24, 2008 and certain 2009 Odyssey EX-L and Touring models manufactured from August 7, 2008 through January 13, 2009.

The problem

At issue, according to the NHTSA bulletin, is that gas-filled struts that help raise and lower the liftgate in Odyssey minivans equipped with a power liftgate system may be prone to failure due to a manufacturing flaw. This flaw may lead to leakage of pressurized gas and subsequent reduced strut performance.

The potential consequence is that the liftgate could unexpectedly close, increasing the risk of injury.

What Honda will do

Honda is notifying owners of affected 2008-2009 Odyssey minivans and dealers will replace both power liftgate gas struts, at no charge. The Honda safety recall campaign is expected to begin on or about March 13, 2012.

In the meantime, owners of 2008-2009 Odyssey minivans may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Reference the Honda safety recall campaign number S22.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V062000.

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