|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 30, 2010
|Contact: J. William Degnan
State Fire Marshal
Recall fire hazard
State Fire Marshal, Bill Degnan, urges caution with handling fuel with
snow blowers and the recent recall of these snow blowers due to leakage
of gasoline reminds us to be cautious of where you store this equipment.
Gasoline should be stored outside of the home and when storing your snow
blowers in the garage do not overfill the gasoline tank and check for
leaks to avoid a spill and fire. NH Association of Fire Chiefs President
Chief Shawn Murray advises when refueling the snow blower let the motor
cool and conduct the fueling a safe distance from your home. Should a
fire occur during refueling it will not catch your home on fire said
Murray. If you have one of these Honda snowblowers stop using
immediately and contact the dealer for the service to repair the defect.
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 888-3139
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
American Honda Recalls Snow blowers Due to Fire Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and
Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced
a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should
stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It
is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Honda Snow blowers
Units: About 18,500
Importer: American Honda Motor Co. Inc., of Torrance, Calif.
Hazard: The fuel tank joint and o-ring located on the underside of the
fuel tank can seep or drip fuel over time, posing a fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Honda has received 90 reports of fuel either seeping
or dripping. No fires have been reported.
Description: This recall involves Honda snow blowers with model numbers
and frame serial numbers listed below. The snow blowers are red and
black. The frame serial number is located on the rear of the machine
just below the engine. The name Honda and the model number are located
on the side of the front scoop.
||Frame Serial Number
||SZBE-1037913 through 1046577
||SZAS-1151080 through 1169012
||SZBF-1018734 through 1025998
Sold at: Honda Power Equipment dealers nationwide from April 2005
through November 2010 for between $2,000 and $3,400.
Manufactured in: Japan
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled snowblowers
and contact any Honda Power Equipment dealer to arrange for a free fuel
tank joint and o-ring replacement. Registered owners of the recalled
snowblowers will be mailed a notice.Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Honda at (888)
888-3139 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit
the firm's Web site at www.hondapowerequipment.com.
To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the
recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11082.html.