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American Honda Recalls Trimmers Due to Laceration Hazard

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at here.

Name of Product:
Grass Trimmers
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.
Remedy:
Repair
Recall Date:
February 28, 2012
Units:
About 14,000 in the United States and 3,600 in Canada
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 athttp://powerequipment.honda.com

Recall Details

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.

Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using these trimmers and contact the nearest Honda Power Equipment dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair.

Incidents/Injuries:

Honda is aware of 11 incidents of broken or cracked shafts. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At

Honda Power Equipment dealers nationwide and online from May 2006 to February 2012 for between $420 and $430.

Manufactured In:
United States
Distributor(s):

American Honda Motor Company, of Torrance, Calif.

Recall number:
12-121
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