The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada today announced a voluntary recall of about 17,600 Honda grass trimmers. The latest Honda safety recall came as Consumer Reports said that Subaru for the first time has earned the top score in automaker report cards for 2012. Honda, the winner for the past four years, slipped to fourth place among 13 major automakers behind Mazda and Toyota.
Owners of Honda grass trimmers should stop using it immediately and call a Honda Power Equipment because the shaft can crack and cause the lower gear case and cutting attachment to detach, posing a laceration hazard to the operator and bystanders.
Honda is aware of 11 incidents of broken or cracked shafts on model number HHT35S, which has been made in the U.S. since 2006. No injuries have been reported, though.