American Honda and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have announced a voluntary recall on snowblowers due to a potential leak that poses a possible risk of fire.
The American Motor Company has recalled approximately 18,500 of the Honda brand snowblowers after a problem was revealed in the fuel tank joint and O-ring, located on the underside of the fuel tank. Honda said the fuel tank can leak or drip fuel over time posing a fire hazard, according to a press release from Honda and the CPSC.
Honda has received 90 reports of fuel either seeping or dripping on the recalled snowblowers, shown in the accompanying picture, which were manufactured in Japan. No incidents of fire have been reported at this time, according to the recall statement.
The recalled snowblowers were sold at Honda Power Equipment dealers across the nation from April 2005 through November of 2010 for between $2000 and $3400. Customers can check the serial numbers of their units, which are located on the rear of machine below the engine, against the serial numbers posted on the Honda website to see if their snowblower is involved in the current recall.
Customers who have registered their snowblowers with Honda will receive a notice in the mail about the recall. Honda said, "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."
The snowblower recall arrives as a powerful winter storm system in the United States leaves the South with a blanket of snow and icy roads. The storm is currently covering the mid-Atlantic states and the northeast with morning accumulations measuring up to a foot of new snow, according to reports by the National Weather Service.
The Consumer Product Service Commission issued a reminder to people that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.