Isuzu is recalling certain 1998-2002 Rodeos and 2002 Axiom vehicles, and Honda is recalling certain 1998-2002 Honda Passports, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall affects vehicles that were originally sold or are currently registered in 21 states and the District of Columbia where road de-icing materials may have corroded the left or right rear suspension lower link bracket earlier than expected. Excessive corrosion could cause the bracket to detach from the vehicle frame and cause a crash. The affected states are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky.
Dealers will inspect the lower link bracket for corrosion. Vehicles with little or no damage will be treated with an anti-corrosive compound; a reinforcement bracket will be installed if corrosion has damaged the bracket and its connection to the vehicle frame. If corrosion is so severe that a reinforcement bracket would not be an appropriate repair, a suitable remedy will be developed.
Inspections and repairs will be free of charge for vehicles that are 10 years old or newer. A vehicle older than 10 years will be repaired for free only if it is brought to an Isuzu or Honda dealer within 12 months of notification; the manufacturer has not yet determined when owners will be notified. There’s also no word on what locations Isuzu owners will be directed to since the brand no longer maintains new-car dealerships in the U.S. Owners may call Isuzu at 800-255-6727, Honda at 800-999-1009 or NHTSA’s hot line at 888-327-4236.