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Generac portable generators recalled after 7 finger amputations reported

Generac is recalling about 321,160 Generac® and DR® 6500 Watt and 8000 Watt portable generators due to finger amputation and crushing hazards.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an unlocked handle can pinch consumers’ fingers against the generator frame when the generator is moved, posing finger amputation and crushing hazards.

This 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 generators have gasoline-powered engines that are used to generate electricity for use as backup power. The portable generators have two-wheels and a single, U-shaped, two-grip, flip-up pin-lock handle to help move the generator. Only the generators listed below are included in this recall. The unit type is identified on the front of the product.  The model and serial numbers are printed on a label on the product.  Consumers can also check specific unit type, model number, and serial number location information at www.generac.com/service-support/product-support-lookup.

Unit Type Model Number First Serial Number Last Serial Number
XT8000E

 

 

 

G0064330    
G0064331 3000037849 3005569372
G0064340    
G0064342    
XT8000EFI

 

 

G0071620    
G0071621 3003336356 3006597843
G0071621R    
GP6500

 

 

 

G0076720    
G0076800    
G0076800R    
G0076812    
G0076830    
G0076830R    
G0076902    
G0076902R    
G0076903    
GP6500E G0076820    
  G0076820R    
  G0076822    
GP8000E G0076731    
G0076751    
G0076751R    
G0076761    
G0076761R    
G0076861    
G0076861R    
PRO 6500M

 

GP16505DMN    
GP16505DMNR    
PRO 6500E GP16505DEN    
HomeLink 6500E

 

 

G0068650    
G0068651    
G0079960  

Consumers should 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.

Generac has received eight reports of injuries, seven resulting in finger amputations and one in finger crushing.

The portable 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.

Consumers can contact Generac toll-free at 1-844-242-3493 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.generac.com/handleguard or www.generac.com and click on Important Safety Information for more information.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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