American Honda Motor Co. has issued a recall for its portable generator battery due to improper labeling.
The recall affects approximately 2,500 portable generators and pertains to the batteries within the generators. The hazard labels located on the batteries indicating proper care and handling are printed in Japanese instead of English violating the Federal Hazardous Substance Act labeling requirements. Therefore, consumers may not understand the risks and precautions associated with the handling of the batteries. Improper handling of the battery may lead to burns, sparks, blindness and other related injuries.
Consumers may identify the recalled generators by the word ‘Honda’ and the affected model number located on the generator’s side. The model number and the serial number are printed on the generator’s frame. Only those generator models with labels printed in Japanese are included in the recall.
EBRC-1000015 to 1000518
EBMC-1000005 to 1001184
EBJC-1000017 to 1000857
The portable generators were sold nationwide at authorized Honda power equipment dealers from January 2011 to March 2011 for $2,250 to $2,890.
American Honda is in the process of contacting owners and providing the correct label. Consumers may install the label or contact a Honda dealer to install the label for them at no charge. If an owner needs to service the battery, American Honda encourages them to read and understand the associated hazards in the battery section of the owner’s manual. The owner’s manual is also available online at www.hondapowerequipment.com/products/manuals/; the model number is required to retrieve the correct manual.
Customers may also contact American Honda at 1-888-888-3139 Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 5pm EST or via the web www.hondapowerequipment.com/products/recalls for more information.
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