The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that Honda is recalling nearly 46,000 of its model year 2008-2009 Honda Odyssey minivans.
According to the NHTSA, the Honda Odyssey’s liftgate—also known as the tailgate, hatch or hatchback door—may have a gas leak in the strut cylinders that open and close the lifegate. The issue, traced to a possibly manufacturing problem in the cylinders, may lead to the Odyssey minivan’s door closing abruptly and possibly injuring owners.
Only 2008 and 2009 Honda Odyssey models with powered liftgates (usually the top-of-the-line Touring trim) are involved in the recall, which the NHTSA estimates to be around 45,747 vehicles. Owners can contact Honda at (800) 999-1009 and reference recall campaign number S22 for more details. Minivan owners call also contact the NHTSA at (888) 327-4236 and reference campaign ID 12V062000. The automaker itself is expected to start contacting Honda Odyssey minivan owners around mid-March. Honda dealerships are expected to examine the Odyssey’s struts and replace any defective ones free of charge.