2003 Isuzu Axiom

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