Honda has recalled 34,000 inverter generators sold between June 2016 and November 2017 because the carburetor can leak fuel, potentially leading to burns or fire. Honda has received 38 reports of fuel leaking from the generators but no fire or injuries have been reported.

The recall includes two models of generators, the Honda EB2800i and the Honda EG2800i. Consumer Reports tested the Honda EG2800i and did not experience a fuel leak in the model we purchased. In fact, the Honda is one of our top generator picks. Its power delivery was very good and its power quality was excellent in our testing.

The generators were sold at authorized Honda dealers and Home Depot stores. The generators have a red front cover and a black metal frame.  

If you own a Honda EB2800i or Honda EG2800i generator, check the serial number against the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice, which includes the full list of affected serial numbers. To find you model number, look on the control panel. The serial number is located on a lower black metal frame towards the rear of the generator (see illustration below).

Honda Inverter Generator Recall Details

The recall: 34,000 inverter generators.

The risk: The carburetor can leak fuel, posing a fire or burn hazard.

Incidents/injuries: 38 reports of fuel leakage, no injuries reported.

Where Honda inverter generators were sold: Authorized Honda Power Equipment dealers and Home Depot stores nationwide from September 2016 through November 2017 for about $1,150.

The remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled generators and contact a local authorized Honda Power Equipment service dealer to schedule a free inspection and repair. 

Contact the manufacturer: Consumers can contact American Honda at 888-888-3139 or online at powerequipment.honda.com.  

Report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to saferproducts.gov.

How to Operate a Generator Safely

Never operate a generator indoors, including in a garage with the door open, and make sure to keep any running generator at least 15 feet away from your home or garage.

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