Honda is recalling almost 46,000 Odyssey minivans on concerns that the vehicles' rear doors may be defective and pose a risk to passengers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday.
Honda will recall 45,747 of the model year 2008-2009 vehicles, the agency said.
The gas-filled struts on rear doors, which help to raise the liftgate of Odyssey vehicles that have a power liftgate system, "may be prone to early life failures due to a manufacturing flaw," the agency said, which can lead to "reduced performance."
"Struts with diminished performance can lead to unexpected closure, increasing the risk of personal injury," the agency said.
Honda said the problem has caused two minor injuries. The company will replace both power liftgate struts on affected vehicles for free.