American Honda Recalls Lawnmowers Due to Laceration Hazard

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–January 16, 2014.  Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: January 15, 2014
Recall number: 14-710

  • Honda HRR model lawnmower
    Honda HRR model lawnmower

Recall Summary

Name of product:  Walk-behind 21” lawnmowers

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

Consumer 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 and click on Recalls and Updates.  For Columbia brand lawnmowers see and click on Recalls/Updates.

Recall Details

In conjunction with

Units:  About 20,800 Honda brand in U.S. and 48 Columbia brand lawnmowers in U.S. and 3,000 in Canada

Description:  This recall involves two Honda models and one Columbia brand electric start lawnmowers with Honda engines and 21” cutting blades. The Honda lawnmowers are red and silver (HRR) and red and gray (HRX).  Both have “Honda” on the engine cover. The model and serial numbers are located on the certification label that is affixed to the cutter housing deck behind the engine.  Honda recalled lawnmowers are:

Honda Models

Serial Number Range


MZCG-8764914  ~  MZCG-8824353


MAGA-2255148  ~  MAGA-2260227

The Columbia brand lawnmower, model number 12ALD33Q897, comes in orange and black.  “Honda” is printed on the engine cover.  The Honda engine serial number is located on a label on the back of the engine.  It is also stamped into the engine block adjacent to the oil filler cap/dipstick.  A range of affected Honda engines installed in Columbia brand lawnmowers sold in the U.S. follows:

Columbia Model

Honda Engine Serial Number Range


GJARA 3641724  through  GJARA 3642215

Incidents/Injuries:  Honda has received 11 reports of the lawnmower’s blade continuing to rotate after the handlebar control lever was released.  No injuries were reported.

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawnmowers.  Honda model owners should contact a Honda Power Equipment dealer to schedule a free repair. Columbia model owners should contact a Honda Engine dealer to schedule a free repair.  American Honda is contacting all registered customers directly.   

Sold at:  Honda brand lawnmowers were sold atHonda Power Equipment dealers and Home Depot stores nationwide from January 2013 through December 2013 for between $580 and $780. Columbia brand lawnmowers were sold at Beaver Valley Supply, Denver, Colo; Lawn Equipment Parts Co, Inc., Marietta, Penn. and at Smiths South-Central Sales Co., Spring Hill, La.  from January  2013 through December 2013 for $500. 

Distributor:  American Honda Motor Company, of Torrance, Calif.

Manufactured in:  USA

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