American Honda Motor Co. of Torrance, Calif., recalled three models of portable generators because of the labels on the batteries. Approximately 2500 of the generators were recalled because the hazard labels attached to the batteries used on the generators are printed in Japanese instead of English. As a result, consumers handling the battery may not be able to adequately avoid risks associated with the batteries.

To date no injuries have been reported. The generators which were manufactured in China, were sold at Honda power equipment dealers nationwide from January 2011 to March 2011 for between $2,250 and $2,890.

Only portable generator model numbers EM4000SX, EM5000SXK3 and EM6500SXK2 with hazard labels printed in Japanese are affected. The word Honda and the model numbers are located on the side of the generator. The battery is located above the wheel. The model number and serial numbers are located on the generator frame. The recalled serial numbers are:

Model Number Serial Number
EM4000SX EBRC-1000015 to 1000518
EM5000SXK3 EBMC-1000005 to 1001184
EM6500SXK2 EBJC-1000017 to 1000857

American Honda is contacting consumers and giving them the correct label. Consumers can either install the label themselves or contact a Honda dealer to install the label for free.

For more information, contact American Honda between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday toll-free at (888) 888-3139 or visit the firm’s website at www.hondapowerequipment.com/products/recalls

Picture of recalled battery location in portable generator

Location of serial number in portable generator


The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Portable Generator Battery
Units: About 2,500
Manufacturer: American Honda Motor Co. of Torrance, Calif.
Hazard: The hazard labels attached to the batteries used on the generators are printed in Japanese instead of English. As a result, consumers handling the battery may not be able to adequately avoid risks associated with the batteries.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported
Description: Only portable generator model numbers EM4000SX, EM5000SXK3 and EM6500SXK2 with hazard labels printed in Japanese are affected. The word Honda and the model numbers are located on the side of the generator. The battery is located above the wheel. The model number and serial numbers are located on the generator frame. The recalled serial numbers are:

Model Number Serial Number
EM4000SX EBRC-1000015 to 1000518
EM5000SXK3 EBMC-1000005 to 1001184
EM6500SXK2 EBJC-1000017 to 1000857

Sold at: Honda power equipment dealers nationwide from January 2011 to March 2011 for between $2,250 and $2,890.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: American Honda is contacting consumers and giving them the correct label. Consumers can either install the label themselves or contact a Honda dealer to install the label for free.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact American Honda between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday toll-free at (888) 888-3139 or visit the firm’s website at www.hondapowerequipment.com/products/recalls
Picture of recalled battery location in portable generatorLocation of serial number in portable generator

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