NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2005 Honda Odyssey

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2005 Honda Odyssey, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: Unexpected Closing of Power Liftgate

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA08015

    Component(s): Structure:Body:Hatchback/Liftgate
    Structure:Body:Hatchback/Liftgate:Support Device

    Summary: Honda will replace the liftgate struts in approximately 21,776 model year 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring vehicles equipped with power liftgates that were built before a manufacturing change of the liftgate strut assembly on July 16, 2005 (NHTSA Recall No. 10V-055).Vehicles built after the change experience significantly lower failure rates.The recall will inform consumers of the dangers of the existing struts and provide the opportunity for vehicle owners to obtain new struts that are more robust.Based on Honda's action, the agency has decided to close the investigation.While Honda has not made a decision that the recalled vehicles contain a safety-related defect, in view of the recall, further use of the agency's resources does not appear to be warranted.The agency reserves the right to take further action if warranted by the circumstances.Additional information can be found in the attached Engineering Analysis Report.

  2. INVESTIGATION: Stabilus Rear Liftgate Struts Failing

    NHTSA Equipment Query #EQ12010

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: September 28, 2012
    • Date Closed: December 31, 2012
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Structure:Body:Hatchback/Liftgate:Support Device

    Summary: Please see the attached closing resume summary.It has been attached to this document as a PDF.

  3. INVESTIGATION: UNEXPECTED CLOSING OF POWER LIFTGATE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE08026

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: April 10, 2008
    • Date Closed: August 08, 2008
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Structure:Body:Hatchback/Liftgate
    Structure:Body:Hatchback/Liftgate:Support Device

    Summary: The liftgate gas struts for the subject vehicles may have damaged gas seals that allow the liftgate to close unexpectedly.at the completion of a power-open command, the power liftgate may either close without power actuation (I.e., descend unassisted under the force of gravity) or automatically power-close without input from the operator.some owners are caught unaware of the unintended closing of the liftgate while under the rear liftgate door.there have been ten reported injuries related to the alleged problem on the subject vehicles.this investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis (EA08-015).

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