After Honda has been informed on several occasions that its Odyssey minivans present some glitches with the rear doors, the company finally decided to take action. As a result, 46,000 Honda Odyssey minivans are recalled in the United States. Find out which models are subjected to the recall.
According to a report published by the Associated Press, Honda announced it recalls 46,000 of its Odyssey minivans over concerns that its rear doors can cause victims. In fact, it seems that there have been at least two situations, so far, when an Odyssey minivan’s rear doors have fallen on people without notice.
U.S. authorities informed this Wednesday that the Japanese automaker Honda is currently checking out several thousands of Odyssey minivans models dating back to 2008 and 2009. The reason behind the recall is to fix a glitch with the power tailgate.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website published a statement saying that Honda’s minivans are recalled to fix a “manufacturing flaw” in the pressurized gas filled struts. These are used to operate the lift gate in vehicles that employ the system. The authority warned that the glitch increases “the risk of personal injury” as there is the potential hazard of gas leaks.
As of March, owners of the 2008 – 2009 Odyssey minivans will receive instructions from Honda regarding the recall. The actual operation will begin March 13 but you can call Honda at 1-800-999-1009 for more information on the matter.
This is not the first time Honda’s minivans come up with glitches. The NHTSA has previously asked Honda to address the issue of what it called an “unreasonable risk of injury”. In 2009, Honda was advised to recall 22,000 Odyssey minivans dating back to year of production 2005, but the automaker refused.
The Japanese company argued that “it respectfully declines the staff’s request for a safety recall of these vehicles”, adding that in their opinion the struts’ glitch was just an inconvenience and not a safety flaw.
However, one year later, Honda initiated a safety improvement campaign. In other words, it did fix the glitch for free and affected owners got new struts.