For a company known for its quality and reliability, Honda has been having a bad month. The maker today recalled 45,800 of its Odyssey minivans because the gas-filled struts that hold up the rear hatch could fail unexpectedly leading to potentially serious injuries.
It’s the third safety-related service action since just the beginning of February and the fourth since the beginning of 2012. The numbers are relatively small, all told the various recalls impacting less than 50,000 vehicles. But they come quick on the heels of some decidedly more serious problems, including the December recall of 273,000 Honda and Acura products due to potentially defective airbag inflators.
That’s an ongoing issue that has now ensnared millions of Honda vehicles and in 2011 helped drive Honda’s tally so high that it recalled more vehicles than any other manufacturer operating in the U.S. market.
In all, the industry recalled 15.5 million vehicles, a sharp decline from 2010 when the number nipped the 20 million mark. Toyota, which led the recall list in 2009 and 2010 slipped behind Honda which, in 2011, announced 15 separate service campaigns involving 3.8 million vehicles.