Portable Generators Recalled by Champion Power Equipment Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Costco

 Portable Generators Recalled by Champion Power Equipment Due to Fire Hazard;
                          Sold Exclusively at Costco

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Consumers should stop using
this product, which is being recalled voluntarily, unless otherwise
instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer
product.

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Recall Summary

Name of product: Portable generators

Hazard: Fuel can leak from the generator's carburetor, posing a fire hazard.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled generators immediately and
contact Champion Power Equipment for a free repair kit to be installed by an
authorized dealer. The consumer may also return the unit to Costco for a full
refund.

Consumer Contact: Champion Power Equipment; toll-free at (855) 236-9424, from
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, e-mail support@cpeauto.com, or
online at www.championpowerequipment.com, then click on the red "Important
Product Recall Notice" link for more information.

Photos are available at
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13026.html?tab=recalls.

Recall Details

Units: About 8,600 

Description: This recall involves two models of Champion Power Equipment
portable generators. Both models have a black frame with black and yellow
control panels, a bar handle and two wheels.

Model number 41332 has an open frame. The words "Champion Power Equipment" are
on the control panel and "8250 starting watts" and "6500 running watts" are on
the side of the fuel tank.

Model number 41532 has side panels that cover the long sides of the fuel tank.
The words "Champion Power Equipment" are on the side panel above the control
panel, and "9000 starting watts" and "7000 running watts" are on the control
panel.

The model number and serial number are located on the side of the generator
with the handle, on a tag on the crossbar above the yellow generator end cap.

Generators with the following model numbers and serial number ranges are being
recalled:

Model Number Serial Number Ranges
41332        11NOV2600701 to 11NOV2601500
41532        

            11NOV1400151 to 11NOV1400360
             11DEC0700001 to 11DEC0700720
            11DEC1301077 to 11DEC1402602
             11DEC2201801 to 11DEC2203600
            11DEC2501531 to 11DEC2503330
             11DEC2801073 to 11DEC2801325

Incidents/Injuries: There have been 11 reports of fuel leaking from the
generators, including eight reports of the generators catching fire and two of
property damage.

Sold exclusively at: Costco Wholesale stores nationwide from December 2011
through July 2012 for about $699.

Manufacturer: Champion Power Equipment, of Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

Manufactured in: China

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in
receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this
product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please
tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

Media Contact

Please use the phone numbers below for all media requests.
Phone: (301) 504-7908
Spanish: (301) 504-7800

CPSC Consumer Information Hotline

Use this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)
Times: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime
Hotline can be used to get product safety and other agency information and to
report unsafe products.

SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Website: http://www.cpsc.gov
 
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