Honda recalls 392,000 lawnmowers and pressure washer engines

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The starter rope may suddenly retract when being pulled to start

American Honda Motor of Torrance, Calif., is recalling about 391,800 Honda lawnmowers and pressure washer engines.

Improperly manufactured camshafts in the engines can cause the starter rope to suddenly retract when being pulled to start, posing an injury hazard.

The company has received nearly 2,200 reports of incidents related to camshaft failures, including seven reports of minor injuries.

This recall involves Honda HRN216 and HRX217K6 lawnmowers and GCV170/200 G5B pressure washer engines.

The gas-fueled walk-behind lawn mowers are red and black with "HONDA" written on the clipping collection bag. The model and serial number are printed on a label located on the upper rear of the mower deck.

The pressure washer engines are mounted on various original equipment manufacturer frames. The serial number of the engine is engraved on a flat spot on the engine.

The lawnmowers and pressure washer engines were manufactured in the U.S.

The Lawnmowers were sold at Honda Power Equipment dealers, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowes, Northern Tool and various farm, agricultural and rental stores nationwide from May 2022, to June 2023, for between $550 and $1,100. 

The pressure washer engines were sold at Lowes, Home Depot and other retail stores nationwide from June 2022, to August 2023, for between $370 and $550.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawnmowers and pressure washers equipped with recalled engines and contact an authorized Honda Power Equipment dealer to schedule an appointment for a free inspection and repair.

Consumers may contact American Honda Motor toll-free at (888) 888-3139 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday, or online at

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