Honda recalls nearly 400,000 small motors due to injury hazard
Honda's American motor manufacturing arm is recalling nearly 400,000 small motors, found in lawnmowers and pressure washers, due to injury risk associated with improperly manufactured camshafts.
According to American Honda Motor, the faulty camshafts can cause the starter rope to suddenly retract when pulling to start, which has so far resulted in at least 7 minor injuries and 2,197 camshaft failures.
American Honda Motor says the recall involves Honda HRN216 and HRX217K6 lawnmowers and the GCV170/200 G5B pressure washer engines.
The gas-fueled walk-behind lawn mowers are red and black with "HONDA" written on the clipping collection bag. The model and serial number are printed on a label located on the upper rear of the mower deck.
The pressure washer engines are mounted on various original equipment manufacturer frames. The serial number of the engine is engraved on a flat spot on the engine.
Anyone with an affected unit is advised to stop using lawnmowers and pressure washers with affected engines and contact an authorized Honda Power Equipment dealer to schedule an appointment for a free inspection and repair.
Consumers with any questions can reach out to American Honda Motor at 888-888-3139 between 9am and 7:30pm on weekdays, or go to their website at powerequipment.honda.com/support/recalls-and-updates