It's something we in the Sunbelt states often forget about, but corrosion is a very serious problem in states that have actual winter weather. This time, icy roads covered in sand and salt have exacted their wrath on the 1998 to 2002 Isuzu Axiom and Rodeo and the 1998 to 2002 Honda Passport, necessitating a recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been cracking down on excessive corrosion lately, and it's engulfed several vehicles in the past year alone. Toyota suffered the worst of it, seeing over 700,000 Tundra trucks and Sienna minivans recalled for corrosion issues while the old Ford Windstar minivan and GM trucks of early 2000s vintage have both been investigated for corrosion issues. Now, Isuzu/Honda takes their turn under the guillotine as the Axiom/Rodeo/Passport gets recalled for corrosion on the rear suspension.
The Problem: 1998 to 2002 Isuzu Rodeos, Axioms and Honda Passports (which are all the same vehicle underneath) are being recalled for excessive corrosion on the rear suspension. Specifically, Isuzu and Honda are recalling vehicles sold and registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin and Vermont. Vehicles enduring harsh winter conditions in these states have been experiencing excessive corrosion on the forward mounting point bracket for the lower link on the rear suspension on both sides of the vehicle. Excessive corrosion could lead to the bracket coming loose from the vehicle, altering suspension alignment and possibly leading to further suspension damage and a crash.
The Fix: Isuzu Service Facilities and Honda dealers will inspect the bracket in question and treat the area with anti-corrosive chemicals. If the corrosion is bad enough to compromise the strength of the bracket, a reinforcement bracket will be fitted. If the corrosion is so bad that doesn't work, the companies have pledged to come up with another solution. The service will be provided free of charge for all vehicles under 10 years old. Vehicles older than 10 years old must be brought to an Isuzu Service Facility or a Honda dealer within 12 months of the issuing of owner notices in order to have their vehicles serviced free of charge. Honda and Isuzu have not announced when the recall will begin yet.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Unknown