About 18,500 Honda snowblowers are being recalled due to reports of fuel leaks, which could lead to a fire or burn hazard.
The Honda snowblower recall was announced on December 29 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after American Honda received at least 90 reports of fuel seeping or dripping from the machines.
The CPSC has determined that the snowblowers have defective fuel tank joints and o-rings on the underside of the fuel tank. This can cause the fuel to drip or seep out over time, posing a fire hazard. However, there have been no reports of injuries or fires associated with the defective Honda snowblowers.
The recall affects Honda snowblowers with the model numbers HS724 (with frame serial numbers SZBE-1037913 through 1046577), HS928 (with frame serial numbers SZAS-1151080 through 1169012) and HS1132 (with frame serial numbers SZBF-1018734 through 1025998). All of the affected snowblowers are red and black. The model number is located on the side of the front scoop, and the frame serial numbers are printed on the rear, just below the engine.
The snowblowers were sold at Honda Power Equipment dealers nationwide for $2,000 to $3,400 from April 2005 through November 2010.
The CPSC recommends that consumers stop using the snowblowers affected by the recall and contact a Honda Power Equipment dealer to arrange for a free replacement of the fuel tank joint and o-ring. Registered owners should receive a recall notice in the mail. Anyone with questions should visit the Honda website at www.hondapowerequipment.com.