340,000 Honda portable generators have been recalled over a potential fire risk. The generators can short out if they are in the presence of saltwater, increasing the chance that they might catch on fire and cause injury or property damage.
After receiving thirteen complaints from customers, the following Honda portable generator models are part of this recall:
The generators are either bright red or camo colored and have the name “Honda” printed on the side. You can find the model name printed on that label. The serial number can be found on the side panel of the generator in the lower corner.
The generators were sold between February 2018 and January 2020 for between $1,100 and $1,300. You may have purchased your unit at a big-box home improvement store, such as Home Depot, or at an independent Honda Power Equipment Dealer. The generators were also sold online.
If you have any questions about the recall, please contact American Honda toll-free at 888-888-3139 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at https://powerequipment.honda.com/ and click on “Recalls and Updates” at the bottom of the page for more information.
Not sure if you are affected by this recall? The manufacturer will be sending out notices to registered buyers soon. However, if you purchased a generator second-hand or are simply unsure of whether you need to get a repair, contact American Honda or your local service dealer.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that you stop using the generator immediately. You should contact your Honda Power Equipment dealer in order to receive a free repair of the faulty unit.
Last year, on almost the same date, American Honda issued a recall for the same models for a similar risk. The fuel valves in the generators could leak gasoline, which is obviously a fire hazard. In that recall, 200,000 units were affected. Last year, the company received 19 reports of leaks, but no injuries.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission maintains an updated, searchable database of recalls. It’s also a good idea to go ahead and register new products as soon as you bring them home if the company offers a registration or warranty card. This information allows the manufacturer to contact you in the event of a recall.