Honda recall targets 45,800 Odyssey minivans made in 2008 and early 2009. The Honda recall is due to problems with lifts that hold up the rear tailgate door.
The issue is with the two gas-powered tailgate struts (support rods) that raise and hold up the power tailgate of those vans equipped with them. Sometimes, the struts fail to hold up the tailgate.
The Honda recall, announced Wednesday, involves 2008 and early 2009 Odyssey EX-L and Touring vans, some 45,800 vehicles in all. The company will begin sending out recall notices March 13.
“A strut failure may result in the tailgate closing under its own power, possibly unexpectedly, with the potential risk of injury and inconvenience to users,” American Honda said in a press release detailing the recall. “Two injuries have been reported related to this issue.”
The struts use pressurized gas to support the back hatch when it's open. When that gas leaks, they fail, and the hatch closes on its own, potentially conking someone in the head.
The problems, or “early life failures," as Honda is calling them, are the result of a manufacturing flaw. The vans came from Honda's manufacturing plant in Lincoln, Ala., which also makes Honda's Pilot SUVs and Ridgeline pickup trucks.