Over 320,000 Generac portable generators have been recalled after 37 reports of injuries, including 24 resulting in finger amputations. Although the recall originally came in 2021 after eight reports of injuries, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall again in November 2022 after additional reports of injuries.
Unlocked handles on the recalled generators can pinch the user’s fingers against the frame when the generator is moved, posing finger amputation and crushing hazards. The gasoline-powered generators were sold from June 2013 to June 2021 at major retailers across the country, including Ace Hardware, Amazon, Lowe’s Stores, Home Depot, Costco, Napa Auto Parts, True Value, and more.
Generac Generator Recall Details
The recall involves Generac and DR 6500-watt and 8000-watt portable generators. Recalled generators include those with unit type numbers XT8000E, XT8000EFI, GP6500, GP6500E, GP8000E, and HomeLink 6500E, as well as DR models PRO 6500M and PRO 6500E. In addition, the Generac recall affects all generators listed above purchased between July 29, 2021 and November 3, 2022 containing a repair kit with full cover handle guards. The unit type is identified on the front of the generator.
If you have a recalled Generac generator, immediately stop using it unless the locking pin has been inserted to secure the handle in place before and after moving the generator. Consumers can contact Generac for a free repair kit consisting of a set of spacers to move the handle away from the frame, eliminating the pinch point. More information is available on the CPSC website.
Other Recent Generator Recalls
According to the CPSC, the last few years have seen several other portable generator recalls involving various manufacturers, including the following:
- Northern Tool & Equipment — In 2021, the company issued a recall of their Powerhorse 13000ES Portable Generator Model #799215 due to a wiring error that can pose an electrical shock hazard.
- Techtronic Industries Power Equipment (TTI) — In 2021, ECHO EGi-2300 Watt Generators manufactured by TTI were recalled because the units can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.
- MWE Investments — In 2020, the company recalled Westinghouse Dual Fuel Portable Generators due to reports of fuel leaks that can pose fire and burn hazards.
- American Honda — In 2020, about 340,000 Honda EB2200i, EU2200i, EU2200i Companion, and EU2200i Camo Portable Generators were recalled. The generators can short circuit, causing the units to smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to customers.
Defective Generator Lawsuits
If you suffered a serious injury due to a generator malfunction or other defective power tool, an experienced attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. The Boston defective products lawyers at Altman & Altman LLP have defended injured people for over 50 years and recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
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