Gone but not forgotten: Isuzu recalls Rodeo, Rodeo Sport, and Axiom SUVs

2003 Isuzu Rodeo Sport

Although the Japanese automaker Isuzu had left America a few years ago, they are still susceptible to any recalls that may occur. Such is the case today, as they have announced a recall affecting the following vehicles (as of this writing, Isuzu did not release the exact number of vehicles being recalled):

2003-2004 Isuzu Rodeo
2003-2004 Isuzu Axiom
2003 Rodeo Sport

The reason for this Isuzu recall is that it has been determined that the forward mounting point bracket, which is located on either the left or the right rear suspension lower link, could be subject to excessive corrosion. This is due to being exposed to a mixture of water and salt, which may be common in the following states where the affected vehicles were either sold or registered in:

  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • West Virginia
  • Ohio
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Missouri

If the bracket were to detach from the frame, due to the corrosion, it could affect the handling of the vehicle, as well as increase the risk of a collision occurring.
Depending on the severity of the corrosion on the brackets, technicians will, after inspecting the affected areas, employ a variety of solutions to rectify the situation. These include:

Little or no corrosion: affected areas will be treated with an anti-corrosive compound.

Corrosive damage to the rear suspension lower link bracket: if this has also affected its connection to the vehicle frame, then a reinforcement bracket will be installed.

Corrosive damage severe enough that the replacement bracket will not remedy the situation: Isuzu will extend an offer to repurchase the vehicle, for the amount based on the Kelley Blue Book (KBB) “Private Party” price, although they did not state based on what condition that they determine the vehicle to be in overall.

For vehicles that are 10 years old or younger (depending on the manufacture date), the inspection and any remedy will be provided at no charge. For vehicles that are older than 10 years, a free remedy will be provided, contingent on whether the owner presents the vehicle to an Isuzu service facility dealer within 12 months of the notification being issued. If the owner elects to take the vehicle after the 12 months has lapsed, then the owner will be subject to any charges for any repairs. The recall is expected to begin around the middle of December 2013, and owners should be notified by that time as well. For more information, owners can contact Isuzu directly at 1.800.255.6727.

Source: eNews Park Forest

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