Honda Canada recalls Honda GCV160LA0 engine equipped MTD mowers

Starting date:
January 15, 2014
Posting date:
January 15, 2014
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Outdoor Living
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Laceration Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-37575

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Honda Canada Inc.

Affected products

Honda GCV160LA0 Engine Equipped MTD Lawn Mowers

Product description

This recall involves four brands of lawn mowers that are equipped with a Honda GCV160LA0 engine.

Affected mowers and their descriptions are as follows:
Mower Brands MTD Model Detail Shroud Colour Affected Honda Engine Serial Numbers Retailers
YardMan 12AEB23Q501 21-inch FWD Self-Propelled Mower with Honda 160 cc Electric Start Engine Black GJARA-3634154 through GJARA-3642215 Home Hardware
Columbia 12ALD33Q897 21-inch RWD Self-Propelled Mower with Honda 160 cc Electric Start Engine Black GJARA-3634154 through GJARA-3642215 Independent Retailers
Troy-Bilt 12ALD37Q563 21-inch RWD Self-Propelled Mower with Honda 160 cc Electric Start Engine Red GJARA-3634154 through GJARA-3642215 Canadian Tire
Cub-Cadet 12ARD23Q596 21-inch RWD Self-Propelled Mower with Honda 160 cc Electric Start Engine Black GJARA-3634154 through GJARA-3642215 Independent Retailers

MTD Model numbers can be found on the back door of the unit. Engine serial numbers can be located on the label at the rear of the fuel tank and also stamped on the engine itself.

Hazard identified

The engine stop switch can malfunction allowing the blade to continue to rotate after the handlebar blade control lever is released, posing a laceration hazard.

Honda Canada and MTD Products have received one report of a failed switch in Canada with no related injuries.  There have been 11 reported cases of failed switches in the United States with no reported injuries.

Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries associated with the use of these lawn mowers.

Number sold

Approximately 2,973 units of the recalled mowers were sold in Canada at Canadian Tire, Home Hardware and various independent retailers. Approximately 20,850 Honda and MTD brand mowers were sold in the United States at various retailers.

Time period sold

The affected mowers were sold from February 2013 to December 2013 in Canada and from January 2013 to December 2013 in the United States.

Place of origin

The engine was manufactured in the United States and the lawn mowers were assembled in the United States.

Companies

Manufacturer
Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing, Inc. (HPE)
Swepsonville
North Carolina
UNITED STATES
Distributor
MTD Products Inc.
Cleveland
Ohio
UNITED STATES

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What you should do

Consumers should stop using the lawn mower immediately and contact an authorized Honda Power Equipment dealer for a free repair.

For more information, consumers can contact MTD Products Inc. by telephone at 1-800-668-1238 or Honda Canada at 1-888-9HONDA9.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.