Honda is recalling some of its previous-generation Odyssey minivans due to potentially faulty gas-filled struts on vehicles equipped with a power rear liftgate. A total of 45,747 vehicles are affected by this recall, all of which are from the 2008 and 2009 model years.

According to the official release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the faulty struts in these vehicles are prone to early life failures due to a "manufacturing flaw" (that's as specific as it gets), an issue that can result in the leak of pressurized gas. These struts aid in opening and closing the power liftgate, and if there isn't enough pressurized gas in the strut, performance can be diminished and can lead to unexpected liftgate closure, potentially causing an injury.

Honda will notify its owners beginning in mid-March, and dealers will replace both gas struts free of charge. For the full details, follow the jump to read NHTSA's report.
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Vehicle Make / Model: HONDA / ODYSSEY
Model Year(s): 2008-2009

Manufacturer: HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.)
Mfr's Report Date: FEB 16, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V062000
NHTSA Action Number: PE11034
Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 45,747

Summary

HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 ODYSSEY VEHICLES, THE GAS-FILLED STRUTS THAT HELP TO RAISE AND SUPPORT THE LIFTGATE OF VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A POWER LIFTGATE SYSTEM MAY BE PRONE TO EARLY LIFE FAILURES DUE TO A MANUFACTURING FLAW. THE FLAW CAN RESULT IN A LEAK OF THE PRESSURIZED GAS, LEADING TO REDUCED STRUT PERFORMANCE.

Consequence

STRUTS WITH DIMINISHED PERFORMANCE CAN LEAD TO UNEXPECTED CLOSURE, INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY.

Remedy

HONDA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH POWER LIFTGATE GAS STRUTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT MARCH 13, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-800-999-1009.

Notes

HONDA'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS S22. CUSTOMERS MAY 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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      tipdrip215
      • 2 Years Ago
      This happened to my coworker on an Intrepid. Got his finger stuck in the latch too. Wasn't pretty.
      mygm4dn5
      • 2 Years Ago
      I predict people sueing Honda over mileage claims. Calif. Honda lawsuit could be model for other Civic Hybrid owners http://bangordailynews.com/2012/02/05/business/calif-honda-lawsuit-could-be-model-for-other-civic-hybrid-owners/
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      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Honda exces are paranoid. They are just covering their bases in case someone decides to sue them again.
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      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOL...ALL pressurized struts will eventually fail. Whether powered or not. They're maintenance items...life of strut.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Yes, but these are for 2008 and 2009 model year models. Gas struts on the liftgate shouldn't be failing after two years.
          tipdrip215
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          Tell that to Chrysler. Thats about how long the hood struts will last on the Grand Cherokee.
      ____|____
      • 2 Years Ago
      My precious Honda cars don't have problems like this. Must be a slow day for Autoblog.
      Frank
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least they didn't show a pic of the new ugly van.
      Love Great Danes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they want to liftgate to close quickly so nobody sees the ugly wrinkled seats and door trim panels
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      They just sent the office gopher to AutoZone for 92,000 replacement struts. He should be back by lunch.
      Sleestack
      • 2 Years Ago
      Figures!
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      So this van decapitates the owners while they're loading the trunk?
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Minivan was the only decent thing that Honda made. It was selling well because of the lack of competitors.
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