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October 15, 2012

Minivan Lift-Gate Struts Under Investigation

U.S. auto safety regulators are trying to find out which vehicles may have been fitted with possibly-failure-prone gas-filled struts on rear lift gates.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made a filing saying that gas struts made by Germany-based Koblenz have already been the cause of four previous recalls impacting around 276,000 minivans sold in America. The concern is that the struts that support and lower lift gates could suddenly spring a leak that could lead to an injury if the lift gates drop unexpectedly.

The previous recalls have been for the 2004-2006 Mercury Monterey, the Honda Motor Co. Odyssey for model years 2005, 2008 and 2009, the 2004-2006 Ford Freestar, the 2008 Toyota Sienna, and the 2004 to 2006 Toyota Motor Corp. Sienna.

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