More than 300,000 portable Honda generators have been recalled, following reports of fires caused by a defect, which can cause the generators to short-circuit.
The Honda generator recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on March 17, following at least 13 consumer complaints where the generator inverter assembly short-circuited while in use.
According to the recall notice, the generator’s inverter assembly has the potential to short circuit in the presence of salt water, causing the unit to smoke or catch fire. The agency has become aware of 10 reported fires linked to the defect.
The recall includes approximately 340,000 Honda EB2200i, EU2200i, EU2200i Companion and EU2200i Camo portable generators sold with a red or camouflage cover and which have the brand name “HONDA” and the generator model number printed on the control panel.
The generators were manufactured in Thailand by American Honda Motor Company Inc., of Torrance, California. They were sold at authorized Honda Power Equipment Dealers, Home Depot and other home improvement stores nationwide, and online from February 2018 through January 2020 for between $1,100 and $1,300.
To date, no injuries or property damage have been reported, however customers are being asked to stop using the recalled generators immediately.
Customers are being asked to contact their local authorized Honda Power Equipment service dealer to schedule a free repair. For additional questions or concerns regarding the recall customer should contact American Honda at 888-888-3139.
Honda announced that at least 200,000 of the units impacted in this recall were also subject to the March 2019 recall. The units were recalled following 19 consumer complaints indicating gas leaked from the fuel valve, increasing the risk of a fire and explosion risk in the presence of an ignition source.