January 14, 2011 - Honda, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is voluntarily recalling about 18,500 snowblowers because of a fire hazard.
The snowblowers, made in Japan and imported by American Honda Motor Co., have a problem affecting the fuel tank. The tank joint and O-ring, located under the fuel tank, can leak fuel, which could lead to property damage as well as burn injuries if the fuel ignites.
As of Dec. 29, 2010, Honda had documented 90 reports in which fuel had seeped or dripped from the tank. However, no fires had been reported as of that date.
The recall involves red and black snowblowers with the following identification numbers:
You can find the frame serial number on the back of the machine near the engine. The model number is on the front scoop where Honda is printed.
These snowblowers were sold nationwide at Honda Power Equipment dealers from April 2005 to November 2010. They sold for $2,000 to $3,400. Consumers are advised to stop using the snowblowers unless instructed otherwise.
You can contact a Honda Power Equipment dealer to receive a replacement tank joint/O-ring for free. If you registered your snowblower, you should receive notice of the recall by mail.
For more information, call Honda: 1-888-888-3139.
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