On July 10, 2008, the American Motor Corporation of Torrance, California, in association with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of over 20,000 Honda HRX walk-behind lawn mowers sold between October 2007 and June 2008. The Honda lawn mower recall was issued due to a defective rear shield that could break off and allow debris to be thrown toward the operator, potentially causing serious personal injury.
The walking lawn mower recall involves Honda models HRX217 (K) 2HMA and HRX217 (K) 2HXA, with serial numbers ranging from MAGA-1500001 to MAGA-1520532. A label on the upper rear of the mower deck bears the serial number and model information. The lawn mowers are dark gray with red engines and have “HONDA” printed on the bag. Honda manufactured the lawn mowers in the United States, and they were sold at Home Depot stores and Honda dealer outlets throughout the country for about $900 each.
According the recall notice, Honda has not received any reports of injury associated with the defective lawn mowers. However, they have received reports of the lawn mower rear shield breaking off, which poses a substantial risk of lacerations.
Individuals who own the recalled model of Honda HRX lawn mowers have been advised to stop using the product and contact Honda at (800) 426-7001 for further information. They can schedule free repairs of their defective products with their local Honda Lawn and Garden dealers.