Thai models present the Isuzu MU-7 Gold Executive during a preview of the 24th Thailand International Motor Expo 2007 on the outskirts of Bangkok. (Photo : Reuters)
Isuzu Motors announced a recall of its Amigo SUVs from the 1998 to 2001 batch and the Rodeo Sport SUV's 2001 and 2002 models due to a rear suspension issue that increases crash risks.
The Tokyo-based automaker and truck manufacturer's will affect its 11,121 SUVs across 21 states including: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky and District of Columbia.
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According to the National highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the vehicles are being recalled in regions where salt is used to clear the roads of ice and snow. The vehicles suffer from excessive corrosion of the forward mounting point bracket for the left or right suspension lower link. It further reads that due to such corrosion, these suspension brackets can become detached from the vehicle's frame, affecting handling and increasing the risk of a crash.
Isuzu Motors will notify owners by mail and will start the recall either in late July or early August. The recall has been acknowledged by NHTSA in a letter to Isuzu Motors. The recall will allow owners of affected vehicles with inspections and repairs will be free of charge, as long as the affected SUV is no more than 10 years old. And special restrictions and rules may apply to vehicles older than ten years.
And as per the recalling procedures, vehicles will be inspected for signs of corrosion. If little or no corrosion is found, the area will be treated with an anti-corrosive compound. And on other situations, if the damage is beyond repair, Isuzu Motors will offer to repurchase the vehicle based on the Kelley Blue Book 'Private party' price.
Isuzu Motors is well known in the U.S. mainly in its line of mid-sized SUVs. And also the company is one of the largest producers of large trucks, specializing in trucks with diesel engines. Though the recall is relatively small for the auto industry. Sometimes recalls involve thousands and occasionally millions. The biggest on record in the U.S. came in 2008 and 2009 when the Ford Motors recalled over 14 million vehicles due to cruise control malfunction.