Honda electric walk-behind lawnmowers
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American Honda is recalling approximately 23,800 walk-behind 21" lawnmowers. The engine stop switch can malfunction allowing the blade to continue to rotate after the handlebar blade control lever is released, which poses a laceration hazard.

This recall involves two Honda models (model numbers HRR2169VLA and HRX2174VLA) and one Columbia brand (model number 1A313KC0835) electric start lawnmowers with Honda engines and 21" cutting blades. The Honda lawnmowers are red and silver (HRR) and red and gray (HRX).  Both have 'Honda' on the engine cover. The model and serial numbers are located on the certification label that is affixed to the cutter housing deck behind the engine.

Honda has received 11 reports of the lawnmower's blade continuing to rotate after the handlebar control lever was released.

The recalled Honda brand lawnmowers were sold at Honda Power Equipment dealers and Home Depot stores nationwide from January 2013 through December 2013. The recalled Columbia brand lawnmowers were sold at Beaver Valley Supply in Denver, Colorado; Lawn Equipment Parts Co, Inc. in Marietta, Pennsylvania; and at Smiths South-Central Sales Co. in Spring Hill, Louisiana from January 2013 through December 2013.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawnmowers.  Honda model owners should contact a Honda Power Equipment dealer to schedule a free repair. Columbia model owners should contact a Honda Engine dealer to schedule a free repair.  American Honda is contacting all registered customers directly.

For more information, contact American Honda toll-free at 888-888-3139.

Content Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014
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