Now, an investigation is underway looking into where else the struts ended up. Last February, Honda notified NHTSA about the defect, which can be found on 2008 through 2009 Odyssey vehicles. The issue is the rear-liftgate struts are prone to early failure, meaning that they will lose pressure and not operate at all.
After Stabilus was identifed as the manufacturer of the struts, NHTSA’s recall management division (RMD) began researching where else the struts are installed.
That investigation connected three separate past recalls which focused on those same struts on Ford, Toyota and other Honda vehicles, although at first Stabilus was not identified as the manufacturer.
Toyota issued its recall on May 30, 2008, for model year 2004 through 2006 Sienna vehicles, while Ford announced its recall on March 6, 2006, for 2005 through 2006 Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles. Honda also had another past recall, issued on February 18, 2010 which affected 2005 Odyssey vehicles.
Now, all manufacturers have confirmed that Stabilus was the provider of the affected struts. The purpose of the NHTSA investigation is to contact Stabilus and identify any other manufacturer that may have used the faulty parts. Recalls will be conducted accordingly if any other vehicles are found to use the same parts.