• Mar 3, 2010
Honda is recalling 21,776 model year 2005 Odyssey Touring minivans equipped with a power operated rear liftgate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website says the tailgate strut could fail, resulting in the power liftgate closing unexpectedly. We're thinking that could hurt if you happen to be under said opening when the strut fails.

Effected Odyssey owners can take their minivan to the nearest Honda dealer for repairs anytime and the dealer will inspect the liftgate struts and replace them free of charge. Owners can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 if they have any questions. Hit the jump to read over the NHTSA press release.

[Source: NHTSA]
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HONDA IS CONDUCTING A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN INVOLVING MODEL YEAR 2005 ODYSSEY TOURING VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH POWER OPERATED REAR LIFTGATE. THE POWER LIFTGATE GAS STRUTS MAY DETERIORATE UNEXPECTEDLY EARLY. STRUTS THAT HAVE WORN OUT PREMATURELY MAY FAIL TO HOLD THE POWER LIFTGATE IN THE FULLY OPEN POSITION, CAUSING THE POWER LIFTGATE TO CLOSE UNEXPECTEDLY.

Consequence:
INJURY MAY RESULT FROM A POWER LIFTGATE CLOSING UNEXPECTEDLY WHEN A PERSON IS WITHIN THE CLOSING PATH OF THE LIFTGATE.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE GAS LIFTGATE STRUTS AND REPLACE IF WITHIN THE RECALL POPULATION. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AUTOMOBILE CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 800-999-1009.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 4 Years Ago
      as far as I know HONDA has tons of recalls for all US Made vehicles but for some reason they get away with murder. How I know this I was working at a distributor for HONDA and still got a 08 Honda Accord with tons of problems that doesn't want to fix or replace, I will fi them myself but no more HONDA for me unless it is 100% Japanese.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No manufacturer is immune from recalls.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jeez,

      We'll just have to agree to disagree. The number of total vehcicles recalled is more important. The problem with Toyota's recalls are that they point to a systemic problem with the company, not just a an issue with a supplier. It also shows that they ignore input from their customers. And not just about the UA, but also the sludging engines of a few years ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Definitely would not want to be standing under one of those tailgates. Ouch! But seriously, either autoblog is actively looking for recall stories to post or automakers are deciding this is the perfect time to issue recalls for any potential problems their cars may have cause I have never heard of so many recalls in such a short period of time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Firstly, I'm not a Toyota/Japan fanboy (even though I've owned a couple of Toyotas now), I'm not a GM/Ford fanboy.

      What I do find interesting is how Autoblog (among other American auto-news publications) are focussing so much attention to recalls involving Japanese-owned manufacturers, yet I've only seen few stories here focussing on American companies like GM. Outside the US, after the first week or so the whole Toyota saga is barely rating a mention outside the business news reports (and that includes car-related media). This is reflected in local sales over here.

      This story follows a recall that is affecting a piddling 22,000 cars, yet it's getting a mention.

      The latest GM recall affects, what, 1.3 MILLION Chevys/Pontiacs, yet I've seen maybe 2-3 small-ish stories this week on this latest recall (and one of them was about certain groups trying to pin it on Toyota).
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Frank: Chrysler also sells a hell of a lot less cars. They still had double the recalls that Toyota did. Toyota also had silly recalls like missing warning labels. So what? Every automaker has minor/severe recalls. Chrysler just happens to have a lot more. # of recalls is VERY telling since it's not affected by marketshare, of which Chrysler doesn't seem to have as much these days, not to mention that it wouldn't affect the # of AB postings as much as # of recall issues.

      @Willie: Like Palin, you can't even read. I was referring to NUMBER OF RECALLS, not TOTAL RECALLED VEHICLES, which is what your article is referring to. Toyota's unintended acceleration recalls made up the bulk of their recalled vehicles, whereas for GM and Chrysler, they were more spread out over many more recalls than Toyota.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM and Chrysler had 17 and 16 recalls each last year, which is about double what Toyota had and quadruple what Honda had. Did Autoblog post all those recalls? I thought not. Ugh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes they did.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ Willie:

      "Like Sarah Palin, I think you got your facts mixed up"

      Oh really, name one? Or do you rely on solely on left wing bloggers and their "facts".......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Recallapalooza, baby!
      • 4 Years Ago
      and they keep on coming
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure they did a similar recall a few years ago.

        Then again Toyota had the same problem but they got by without having to do a recall. Imagine that. (It was listed on their "wins" list that was published everywhere).
        • 4 Years Ago
        the smart automaker will throw in all their recalls during this time when all the attention is on toyota.

        My only question is, is it a coincidence that all these recalls are coming out now, and did the automakers already know about these issues was was just playing the waiting game until it was good and ready to release the (not necessarily) bad news. If they are waiting, then there should be an investigation into the protocol of recalls.
        • 4 Years Ago
        omg my 99 saturn has a recall.... autoblog, do you want to post it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Frank: Chrysler also sells a hell of a lot less cars. They still had double the recalls that Toyota did. Toyota also had silly recalls like missing warning labels. So what? Every automaker has minor/severe recalls. Chrysler just happens to have a lot more. # of recalls is VERY telling since it's not affected by marketshare, of which Chrysler doesn't seem to have as much these days, not to mention that it wouldn't affect the # of AB postings as much as # of recall issues.

      @Willie: Like Palin, you can't even read. I was referring to NUMBER OF RECALLS, not TOTAL RECALLED VEHICLES, which is what your article is referring to. Toyota's unintended acceleration recalls made up the bulk of their recalled vehicles, whereas for GM and Chrysler, they were more spread out over many more recalls than Toyota.

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