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2002 Isuzu Rodeo

3 Defect Investigations from the NHTSA

NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2002 Isuzu Rodeo

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 2002 Isuzu Rodeo, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: Fuel Tank Retention Failure

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP18001

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: May 23, 2018
    • Date Closed: N/A
    • Recall: No recall yet

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Tank Assembly:Mounting

    Summary: The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received a petition requesting investigation of an alleged defect that could result in fuel tank detachment from the vehicle (VOQ 11084098). The petitioner submitted a complaint in April 2018 reporting corrosion failure of the fuel tank shield of a 2004 Isuzu Rodeo vehicle in July 2017.The failure allegedly resulted in the front of the fuel tank dropping 5 to 6 inches from the vehicle.In support of his request, the Petitioner cited other complaints related to corrosion of structural or suspension components in 2004 Isuzu Rodeo vehicles, a recall conducted in 2013 to address a corrosion related defect in rear suspension components in certain 2003-2004 Isuzu Rodeo and Axiom vehicles and 2003 Rodeo Sport vehicles (NHTSA Recall No. 13V-547), and a complaint alleging corrosion failure of the tank shield in a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo (VOQ 10992150 cited by the Petitioner in VOQ 11091788).The 2004 Isuzu Rodeo is equipped with a 19.5 gallon capacity plastic fuel tank. The lower surface of the tank is covered by a metal shield, which serves the dual purpose of protecting the tank and securing the tank to the vehicle.The tank is secured to the shield by two mounting straps and the shield is attached to the vehicle chassis by six mounting bolts.The fuel tank and shield used in 2004 Isuzu Rodeo vehicles are used in 2001-04 Isuzu Rodeo, 2002-04 Isuzu Axiom and 2001-02 Honda Passport vehicles.ODI has identified two additional VOQs alleging incidents of fuel tank detachment in these vehicles, a November 2012 failure in a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo (VOQ 10486109) and a June 2011 failure in a 2001 Honda Passport vehicle (VOQ 10532845).In addition, ODI has identified 23 other VOQs allegingcorrosion of the shield and/or shield mounts causing concerns with the integrity of the tank retention system.ODI will evaluate the petition, including the information provided by the Petitioner and any other pertinent information and make a grant or deny decision in this matter.In addition to the VOQ numbers referenced above, the following VOQ numbers are associated with this opening resume and can be view at, 10845523, 10824247, 10597729, 10594770, 10558538, 10550870, 10544001, 10436344, 10424477, 10399930, 10393933, 10393246, 10386578, 10374811, 10356153, 10339599, 10329133, 10322095, 10316008, 10296208, 10283640, 10275653The following VOQs are cited by the Petitioner, but are not related to fuel tank retention and not counted in this resume:10649039,10628540,10597006, 10542683, 10514034


    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE09030

    Component(s): Suspension

    Summary: During preliminary evaluation PE09-030, Isuzu motors America, Inc (Isuzu) noted two primary differences once the rear suspension lower link separation occurs between the alleged defect (separation of the lower link from the frame) of this investigation and a safety defect involving lower link separation from the rear axle addressed by Isuzu in safety recall the case of the defect condition identified in recall 00V-058, Isuzu stated that the attachment bolt could detach fully, causing separation of the lower link from the rear axle possibly creating a loss of vehicle control. Isuzu also stated that this condition occurs early in the service life of the this investigation Isuzu noted lower link separation from the frame is a progressive corrosion issue with prior warning to consumers.Isuzu also stated that in the event of a lower link separation from the frame, the vehicle is still controllable and can be safely stopped. The office of defect investigation (ODI) analyzed complaint data provided by Isuzu and America Honda motor company, Inc (Honda), as well as vehicle owner questionnaires submitted to ODI from total, there were 60 unique reports of lower link separations from the frame including 1 alleged crash and 7 loss of vehicle control incidents that may be related to the alleged defect.most of these complaints indicated that there was no warning prior to the link separation.this preliminary evaluation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis (EA09-018) to further assess the scope, frequency and risk to motor vehicle safety of the alleged defect in the subject vehicles.

  3. INVESTIGATION: Rear Suspension Lower Link Detachment

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA09018

    Component(s): Suspension

    Summary: On September 22, 2010, Isuzu Manufacturing Services of America, Inc (Isuzu) submitted a Defect Information Report (NHTSA Recall 10V-436) to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affecting approximately 120,000 model year (MY) 1998-2002 Isuzu Rodeo and Honda Passport vehicles and MY 2002 Isuzu Axiom vehicles originally sold, or currently operated, in the following states:Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin. All vehicle owners will receive the recall notification.Vehicles 10 years of age or younger will be provided with a free remedy.For vehicles older than 10 years, Isuzu will offer a free remedy provided the vehicle is presented to an Isuzu service facility or a Honda dealer (as applicable) no later than twelve (12) months after the date of mailing of the notification letter to the owner.The report describes a condition where vehicles operated in states using certain road deicing materials may exhibit excessive corrosion which may result in the left or right rear suspension lower link bracket becoming detached from the frame.According to Isuzu a detached lower link may affect vehicle handling and potentially cause a crash.The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) analyzed complaint data and found that 114 of the 115 (99%) alleged complete lower link separations from the frame occurred in vehicles originally sold or operated in a state covered by the recall. Of these complaints 2 involved alleged crashes and 21 involved alleged loss of control incidents.The alleged crashes and loss of control incidents all occurred in vehicles operated in a state covered by the safety recall.Isuzu's recall instructs dealers to inspect the rear suspension lower link bracket area to determine if corrosion is present.For vehicles in which corrosion has damaged the lower link bracket area and affected its connection to the vehicle frame, a reinforcement bracket will be installed.For vehicles with no visible signs of corrosion, dealers with apply anti-corrosion material to reduce the likelihood of corrosion developing in the future. Based on Isuzu's safety recall, this Engineering Analysis is closed.A copy of the recall may be assessed on NHTSA's website using the reference number above.

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