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Thursday
Dec302010

Honda Recalls 18,500 Snowblowers over Fire Hazard

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- American Honda Motor Co. Inc. issued a voluntarily recall Wednesday for nearly 18,500 snowblowers, citing a potential fire hazard.

The danger lies within the fuel tank joint and o-ring located on the bottom of a snowblower's fuel tank, which can seep or drip fuel, causing a fire to ignite.

No fires have been reported, but Honda has already received 90 reports of seeping or dripping fuel.

The recall affects snowblowers sold for $2,000 to $3,400 nationwide between April of 2005 and November of this year.  It includes the following machines:

-- Model number HS724 with frame serial number SZBE-1037913 through 1046577.
-- Model number HS928 with frame serial number SZAS-1151080 through 1169012.
-- Model number HS1132 with frame serial number SZBF-1018734 through 1025998.

The model number is located on the side of the front scoop and the serial number can be found on the back end of the snowblower below the engine.  Anyone with a recalled machine is advised to stop using it and can go to a Honda Power Equipment dealer to replace the fuel tank joint and o-ring, free of charge.

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