Generac Power Systems is recalling 325,735 units of Generac and DR 6500 Watt and 8000 Watt portable generators for potential risk of finger amputation and crushing hazards, a statement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) showed. These include 4,575 units sold in Canada.
The company said an unlocked handle can pinch consumers’ fingers against the generator frame when the generator is moved and pose a risk of finger amputation and crushing hazards.
The company has received eight reports of injuries involving the recalled generators, seven resulting in finger amputations and one in finger crushing.
The recall involves 6500 watt and 8000 watt Generac portable generators with unit type numbers XT8000E, XT8000EFI, GP6500, GP6500E, GP8000E and HomeLink 6500E portable generators, and DR models PRO 6500M and PRO 6500E portable generators.
The portable generators have gasoline-powered engines that are used to generate electricity for use as backup power. The generators have two-wheels and a single, U-shaped, two-grip, flip-up pin-lock handle to help move the generator.
The recalled generators were manufactured in China and the U.S. by Generac Power Systems.
The generators were sold at major home improvement and hardware stores nationwide and online, including Ace Hardware, Amazon, Blain’s Farm & Fleet, City Electric Supply, Costco, Do it Best, Fastenal, Home Depot, Lowe’s Stores, Napa Auto Parts, Northern Tool & Equipment, Orgill, Power Equipment Direct, Ravitsky Bros., True Value, and W.W. Grainger from June 2013 through June 2021 for between $790 and $1,480.
The company has advised consumers to immediately stop using the recalled portable generators, unless the locking pin has been inserted to secure the handle in place before and after moving the generator, and contact Generac for a free repair kit.
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