When I scored my new Family Truckster four years ago, I knew the types of abuse I’d be asking it to put up with. I routinely tote screaming, active kids and their friends to practices, games, and events. I’ve led many a family road trip across the mighty United States Interstate system. I’ve hauled the foulest-smelling goalie gear known to youth hockey. I’ve loaded the Truckster to the brim to support my mother-in-law’s craft show hobby. And I’ve used it to retrieve mulch, haul pavers, and transport bikes and dogs. So I knew I’d need to protect the cargo area, but didn’t want to shell out the $100-$150 for an OEM part. Thus a cheap alternative: rubber floor mats.
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The CSPC announced the recall of about 6,150 Honda and Mantis-branded mini-tillers, all sporting Honda GX25 mini four-stroke engines. They report that a rubber grommet (part of the engine’s fuel tank) “may crack and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard.”
You can recognize the models from the serial numbers which you can find on the engine near the fuel cap. Recalled models comprise Honda Mini Tillers, model number FG110, with serial numbers GCALT 1696948 through 1700567 and Mantis Mini Tillers, model numbers 7262 and 7270 with serial numbers GCART-1165215 through 1171495.
No one has reported injuries yet, but if you own (or think you might own) one of the affected models, visit the CPSC site (link below) for more information on how to contact the manufacturer(s).