Several thousand units of the Honda Odyssey minivan are being recalled for unsafe liftgates, while the same flaw that caused the Surbaru Legacy and Outback recall last week is responsible for recalled 2012 Nissan Versa and 2012 Nissan Altimas.
2008-2009 Honda Odyssey
The Problem: The gas-filled struts that raise and support the liftgate in certain Honda Odysseys could fail and lead to unexpected closure, increasing the chance of injury. Due to a manufacturing flaw, the pressurized gas in the struts can leak, leading to diminished holding strength.
The Fix: If necessary, Honda will replace both liftgate gas struts at no cost to the owner. Beginning March 13, affected owners will be notified, and Honda can also be contacted at 1-800-999-1009.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 45, 747 units of 2008 and 2009 model year Honda Odyssey minivans.
2012 Nissan Altima, 2012 Nissan Versa
The Problem: In the event of an accident, the side airbags may not deploy in certain 2012 Nissan Altimas and Nissan Versas because an incorrect propellant mixture for the initiator can keep the airbags from inflating properly.
The Fix: Nissan will replace affected side curtain airbags for free, and affected owners will begin receiving notification February 27. Nissan can also be contacted at 615-725-1000.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 976 Nissan Altimas and Versas.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration