Nearly 400,000 Honda Lawn Mowers and Pressure Washer Engines Recalled Due to Injury Risk

The recall: It involves Honda HRN216 and HRX217K6 lawn mowers and the GCV170/200 G5B pressure washer engine. The gas-fueled walk-behind lawn mowers are red and black with “Honda” on the clipping collection bag. The model and serial number are printed on a label on the upper rear of the mower deck. The pressure washer engine is mounted on various original equipment manufacturer frames. The serial number of the engine is engraved on a flat spot on the engine.

The risk: Improperly manufactured camshafts in the engine can cause the starter rope to suddenly retract when pulling it to start, posing an injury hazard.

Incidents/injuries: Honda received 2,197 reports of incidents related to camshaft failures, including seven reports of minor injuries at the time of the original recall. That has grown to include an additional 2,966 reports of incidents and a total of 38 reports of minor injuries since the recall was first announced.

Where and when sold: The lawn mowers were sold at Honda Power Equipment dealers, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Northern Tool, and various farm, agricultural, and rental stores nationwide from May 2022 to June 2023 for $550 to $1,100. The pressure washers were sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other retail stores nationwide from June 2022 to August 2023 for $370 to $550.

The remedy: Immediately stop using the recalled lawn mowers and pressure washers equipped with the recalled engine and contact an authorized Honda Power Equipment dealer to schedule an appointment for a free inspection and repair.

Contact information: Call American Honda Motor at 888-888-3139 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or go to the Honda recall page.