Car has been in service fro 4+ years, and registered about 90K miles. During the recent routine oil change, the gas charged hood lift support failed and the hood came crashing down. When the hood was opened, it stayed up, no sign of problem. The failure happened well into oil change, when I was under the car, and there was nothing in the engine bay. So I was lucky, extremely. No bodily damage nor property damage. I then assessed the situation, due to the way the struts are placed, when the struts failed, the hood would have a free fall from greater then 45-deg, which would generate a significant amount of force. I am thinking, this has to happen in the past to a lot of people. I sure am not the 1st one experiencing this. But this is a huge safety hazard. I am looking for a fail safe solution even when I replace the failed struts with new ones. Any thoughts?