About 18,500 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">American Honda Snowblowers have been recalled due to fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), announced. The agencies advise consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately and note that itâ€™s illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
The recalled snowblowers, which were manufactured in Japan, were imported by American Honda Motor Co. Inc., of Torrance, California.
The fuel tank joint and o-ring located on the underside of the fuel tank can seep or drip fuel over time, posing a fire hazard. To date, Honda has received 90 reports of fuel either seeping or dripping. No fires have been reported.
This recall involves Honda Nnowblowers with model numbers and frame serial numbers listed below; the snowblowers are red and black. The frame serial number is located on the rear of the machine just below the engine. The name Honda and the model number are located on the side of the front scoop:
â€¢ Model HS724; Frame Serial Numbers SZBE-1037913 through 1046577
â€¢ Model HS928; Frame Serial Numbers SZAS-1151080 through 1169012
â€¢ Model HS1132; Frame Serial Numbers SZBF-1018734 through 1025998
The recalled Honda Snowblowers were sold at Honda Power Equipment dealers nationwide from April 2005 through November 2010 for between $2,000 and $3,400.
The agencies are advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled snowblowers and contact any Honda Power Equipment dealer to arrange for a free fuel tank joint and o-ring replacement. Registered owners of the recalled snowblowers will be mailed a notice.
Honda can be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.888.3139 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firmâ€™s website at www.hondapowerequipment.com.