The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with American Honda Motor Company, of Torrance, Calif., announced a voluntary recall of about 14,000 Grass Trimmers in the United States and 3,600 in Canada.
Hazard: The shaft can crack and cause the lower gear case and cutting attachment to detach, posing a laceration hazard to the operator and bystanders.
Incidents/Injuries: Honda is aware of 11 incidents of broken or cracked shafts. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled grass trimmer is made by Honda and has the model number HHT35SUKAT. The trimmer is gas-powered and has a red engine housing with the word "Honda" on the top front and a bicycle handlebar-style grip. A label on the shaft includes the words "Honda" and "HHT35S." Recalled trimmers are in the serial number range HAHA-1000001 to HAHA-1017345. The serial number is located on the top side of the shaft below the handlebars.
Sold at: Honda Power Equipment dealers nationwide and online from May 2006 to February 2012 for between $420 and $430.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these trimmers and contact the nearest Honda Power Equipment dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact American Honda toll-free at (888) 888-3139 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the American Honda's website at http://powerequipment.honda.com.
Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1550.