NHTSA investigating Honda Odyssey liftgates

AP News
Posted: Sep 27, 2011 10:57 AM
NHTSA investigating Honda Odyssey liftgates

Federal regulators are investigating reports that the power liftgates on some 2009 Honda Odyssey minivans can suddenly close.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that it appears the gas-filled liftgate struts failed and were unable to support the liftgate when it was in the open position.

A liftgate is the hatchback door that allows access to the rear of a minivan.

NHTSA says two of the seven complaints involved injuries caused by people being struck by a closing liftgate.

Safety officials say there have been no similar complaints involving Odyssey minivans made during the 2008 or 2010 model years and equipped with power liftgates.