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

WASHINGTON, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–November 2, 2012.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Portable generators

Units: About 8,600

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Manufactured in: China

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 [email protected], or online at www.championpowerequipment.com, then click on the red “Important Product Recall Notice” link for more information.

Picture of recalled generator Model 41332

Model 41332

Picture of recalled generator Model 41332

Model 41532

Detail of recalled generator showing location of the model number and serial number

Location of the model number and serial number

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

Source: cpsc.gov