• Oct 5, 2010
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been on top of corrosion issues of late, with the recent recall of Toyota Tundra models for excessive frame rust and an investigation of the Ford Windstar for a similar issue. Now it's Isuzu and Honda's turn under the rust recall spotlight, as the 1998-2002 Rodeo and 2002 Axiom and the Rodeo's badge-engineered twin, the 1998-2002 Honda Passport are being recalled in cold weather climates for potential rear suspension corrosion issues.

In areas where highly corrosive materials like road salt are used to clear roads these vehicles can in some instances experience "excessive corrosion in the vicinity of the forward mounting point bracket for the left or right rear suspension lower link." In a worst-case scenario, the corrosion could lead to the rear suspension lower link bracket detaching from the frame. And if it happens while the vehicle is in motion, handling could become compromised, leading to a potentially crash.

Owners of the affected vehicles can head to the nearest dealer (Hondas go to Honda dealers and Isuzus go to Isuzu dealers) for an inspection and possible repair. If the vehicle is observed to be relatively rust free, the rear suspension area will be treated with an anti-corrosive compound. If rust is already setting in a reinforcement bracket will be installed. If that doesn't work, dealer technicians will cook up "an appropriate remedy." Hit the jump to read over the NHTSA presser, which includes the states to which this recall applies.

[Source: NHTSA]
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
HONDA / PASSPORT 1998-2002
ISUZU / AXIOM 2002
ISUZU / RODEO 1998-2002
Manufacturer: ISUZU MANUFACTURING SERVICES OF AMERICA Mfr's Report Date: SEP 22, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V436000
PE09030,EA09018
NHTSA Action Number: 2 Investigations found (View)
Component: SUSPENSION:REAR
Potential Number of Units Affected:

Summary:
ISUZU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 1998-2002 ISUZU RODEO AND MODEL YEAR 2002 ISUZU AXIOM VEHICLES, AND HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN 1998-2002 HONDA PASSPORT VEHICLES, THAT WERE ORIGINALLY SOLD, OR ARE CURRENTLY REGISTERED, IN THE STATES OF MAINE, NEW HAMPSHIRE, VERMONT, MASSACHUSETTS, RHODE ISLAND, CONNECTICUT, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA, DELAWARE, MARYLAND, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WEST VIRGINIA, OHIO, INDIANA, MICHIGAN, ILLINOIS, WISCONSIN, MINNESOTA, IOWA, MISSOURI, AND KENTUCKY. VEHICLES THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED SUSTAINED EXPOSURE TO HIGHLY CORROSIVE MATERIALS USED IN SOME JURISDICTIONS FOR ROAD DEICING PURPOSES MAY EXPERIENCE EXCESSIVE CORROSION IN THE VICINITY OF THE FORWARD MOUNTING POINT BRACKET FOR THE LEFT OR RIGHT REAR SUSPENSION LOWER LINK PRIOR TO THE TIME THAT SUCH CORROSION WOULD NORMALLY BE EXPECTED.

Consequence:
EXCESSIVE CORROSION MAY RESULT IN THE LEFT OR RIGHT REAR SUSPENSION LOWER LINK BRACKET BECOMING DETACHED FROM THE FRAME, WHICH CAN AFFECT VEHICLE HANDLING AND POTENTIALLY CAUSE A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE REAR SUSPENSION LOWER LINK BRACKET AREA. FOR VEHICLES IN WHICH LITTLE OR NO CORROSION IS FOUND, THE AREA WILL BE TREATED WITH AN ANTI-CORROSIVE COMPOUND. FOR VEHICLES IN WHICH CORROSION HAS DAMAGED THE REAR SUSPENSION LOWER LINK BRACKET AND AFFECTED ITS CONNECTION TO THE VEHICLE FRAME, A REINFORCEMENT BRACKET WILL BE INSTALLED. IN THE RARE EVENT THE CORROSION IS SO SEVERE THAT THE REINFORCEMENT BRACKET REMEDY WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE, ISUZU AND HONDA WILL DEVELOP AN APPROPRIATE REMEDY. ALL INSPECTIONS AND REMEDIES WILL BE PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE FOR VEHICLES THAT ARE 10 YEARS OLD OR LESS. FOR VEHICLES OLDER THAN 10 YEARS, ISUZU WILL OFFER A FREE REMEDY, BUT ONLY IF THE VEHICLE IS PRESENTED TO AN ISUZU SERVICE FACILITY, OR HONDA DEALER (AS APPLICABLE), DEALER WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF WHEN OWNER NOTIFICATIONS WERE ISSUED. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. ISUZU OWNERS MAY CONTACT ISUZU AT 1-800-255-6727. HONDA OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009


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  • 22 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      What Isuzu dealers are still around?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone know the statute of limitations on recalls? It seems strange that there would be recalls on twelve year old vehicles for rust. Growing up in the rust belt where they salted the roads, everyone knew (and accepted) that rust was just what happened to cars over time. Seems excessive to expect car companies to fix issues due to extreme conditions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What is the statute of limitations on these rust issues? Nobody who lives up north was surprised that toyota trucks rusted in half. They've been doing it since the early 80's. Same with Isuzu. I owned a 91 spacecab that the frame disintegrated from the cab back. A quick look around the boneyard and you'd see every Isuzu truck of that era in there had the same issue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay NHTSA...great idea. Make the manufacturer fix the problem in the effected states. Only one problem...the manufacturer no longer does business in this country under the banner they sold the vehicles under. Where are the owners to go for this? Will the HONDA dealers do the work for ISUZU? Because there ARE no ISUZU dealers in the states listed or anywhere else in the continental United States for that matter. Gotta love the Federal Government! How can you enforce a recall on a company that doesn't exist in a country? I had to giggle at this one! They have been GONE since 2008...and the NHTSA didn't notice?
        • 4 Years Ago
        See my post above. Isuzu is still present in the US and their authorized service centers (mostly former dealers) are listed on their website. Because of their very generous warranties, some Isuzu light vehicles will be under warranty coverage for the next five years. Because the last of the "true" Isuzu platformed vehicles will be out of warranty in 2012, I wouldn't be surprised to see warranty service for the remaining, GM built, vehicles transferred to Chevrolet and/or GMC dealerships, albeit on Isuzu's nickle, and support for the "true" Isuzu service centers phased out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember how nice the interior's where on these cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There are no Isuzu dealers still opreating in America Isuzu pulled out at the end of model year 2008

      For what it's worth..... I personally loved (and still love) the looks of the Axium. Such a neat looking vehicle. Had it said "TOYOTA" on it - - it woulda sold 300,000 a year.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We here, in Northern New Jersey are not so lucky. I know of 2 locations that sold Isuzu. One was a big huge Lincoln-Mercury-Ford-Isuzu, Subaru & Kia Dealer. Today it's been sold to a different owner & seems to have dropped Kia & Isuzu.

        The other dealer is closed up and 4-rent. A 3rd dealer (FORD & ISUZU) went out of business totally & sold the land. I think at present a developer is building a big Wallgreens there,
        BYW, the dealership that had been there was the most beautiful dealership on the east coast. The showroom was beyond my ability to describe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        was nothing more*
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perhaps the correct phrasing would be "Authorized Isuzu Service Centers". In most cases, these are the same dealerships that used to actually be Isuzu Dealers. In the OKC area, for instance, there are 2 service centers still appearing on Isuzu's website. Remember, those 2000-2002 Isuzus have 10 year, 120,000 mile powertrain warranties and the 2003-2008 Isuzus have a 7 year, 75,000 mile powertrain warranties. Isuzu will be supporting those for some time to come.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I did not see a "SUV" in the Axiom, at all. To me, a "SUV" woud be akin to a Ford Explorer, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, a Chevy Trailblazer kinda looking vehicle. The Axiom looked like a small, very small sightly rounded off minivan or even a station wagon with a higher roof. It was very sleek looking and did not have a"boxy" look to it. It looked like some kinda Chevy.
      We had an Isuzu dealer in the town I live in. In the FINAL year they only shipped dealers the rebadged pick-ups made by Chevrolet. Some of them lingered on the lot well into 2009.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad they did not bring out the Axiom as the Rodeo's replacement instead of trying to sell both at the same time. I bet it could have been very successful if positioned correctly (and offered something other than that horrific baby cr*p colored interior. so how'd that work out for you Isuzu?)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha, we almost bought one once, tremendous deal, but that horrible interior stopped it. My wife hated the color... but I remember it being fairly nice quality otherwise...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't even know Isuzu was still playing the game...
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you've ever seen the rear-end of the Axiom, you'd be amazed. It looks better than many SUV's from today, and it's EIGHT YEARS OLD. Of course the front end makes up for the normal ugly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always thought the Isuzu Axiom was a pretty handsome design. Seemed ahead of its time in the looks department.
        • 4 Years Ago
        its biggest issue was that it looked like a car and dorve like a truck, at a time when everyone wanted the reverse.

        but yes, it was ahead of its time in looks and I thought it was awesome. great competition for the Montero Sport.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was... a 4th or 5th grader back when it was released. Since GM still owned stakes of Isuzu, I somehow thought that it was a rebadged Saturn Vue.

        I still see the resemblance. Well not really.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone have any stats or pointers on auto recalls per country or region?

      Anecdotally it sure looks like product from Asia leads the field.

      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a shame that Isuzu was owned by GM at the time (not an anti-GM or domestic comment, just GM was in chaos at the time). Had Toyota taken over earlier maybe Isuzu would still be around and the second generation Axiom would be selling in solid numbers.
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