Isuzu has recalled certain Amigo and Rodeo Sport vehicles after it was determined that they may experience excessive corrosion in the forward mounting point bracket in the rear suspension which can affect vehicle handling and increase the risk of a crash.
According to a release by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles affected by the recall include model year 1998-2000 Amigos and model year 2001-2002 Rodeo Sport vehicles that were originally sold, or are currently registered, in the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, The District of Columbia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky.
The agency said about 11,221 of the SUVs that are still on the road may be affected.
Dealers have been instructed to inspect the rear suspension lower link bracket area. For vehicles in which little or no corrosion is found, the area will be treated with an anti-corrosive compound.
For vehicles in which corrosion has damaged the rear suspension lower link bracket and affected its connection to the vehicle frame, a reinforcement bracket will be installed.
In the rare event the corrosion is so severe that the reinforcement bracket remedy would not be appropriate, Isuzu said it will offer to repurchase the vehicle for an amount based on the Kelley Blue Book "private party" price.
All inspections and remedies will be provided free of charge for vehicles that are 10 years old or less. For vehicles older than 10 years, Isuzu said it will offer a free remedy, but only if the vehicle is presented to an Isuzu service facility dealer within 12 months of when owner notifications were issued.
Isuzu owners should contact the automaker at 800-255-6727 for more information.
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