American Honda Motors recalls 18,500 Snowblowers due to Fire Hazard

By on Dec 30, 2010 in United States Comments

American Honda Motors announced on Wednesday a voluntary recall of 18,500 snowblowers due to fire hazard, according to a news release by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada.

As posted at CPSC.gov with date December 29, 2010, American Honda Motors Inc. of Torrance, California said that the company received 90 reports stating that a fuel dripping occurred and may cause fire.

The report said that the fuel dripping may come from the tank joint and o-ring located on the underside of the fuel tank of the snowblower, although no fire accident has been reported as of this writing.

The affected Honda snowblowers were manufactured in Japan and were sold at Honda Power Equipment dealers across the US from April 2005 to November 2010 between $2,000 and $3,400.

As shown in the photo below, Honda snowblowers are colored red and black and the ‘Honda’ brand and the model number are located on the side of the front scoop, while the frame serial number is located on the back of the machine just below the engine.

The affected model number and frame serial number are as follows:

Model and Frame Serial Number

HS724: from SZBE-1037913 through 1046577

HS928: from SZAS-1151080 through 1169012

HS1132: from SZBF-1018734 through 1025998

American Honda Motors also said that they will notify registered owners of the recalled snowblowers through mail, but consumers are being advised to immediately stop using the recalled products.

Instead, they should contact the nearest Honda Power Equipment dealer to schedule a free fuel tank joint and o-ring replacement.

For more details, Honda suggests the public to contact their office at (888) 888-3139 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the their official website at HondaPowerEquipment.com.



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