WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Costco is recalling 8,600 portable generators sold at its stores after reports they were leaking fuel and starting fires.
The generators made by Champion Power Equipment, of Santa Fe Spring, California, were sold at Costco stores nationwide from Dec. 2011 through Jan. 2012.
Costco issued the recall after eleven reports of fuel leaks from the generators, and eight reports of the generators catching fire, leading to property damage in two instances.
Consumers should stop using the recalled generators immediately and contact Champion Power Equipment for a free repair kit, which can be installed by an authorized dealer. The defective generators can also be returned to Costco for a full refund.
Champion can be reached at (855) 236-9424, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST (or 5:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. EST), Monday through Friday. Customers can email Champion at email@example.com, or visit the company’s website at www.championpowerequipment.com.
The recall involves two models of Champion Power Equipment portable generators, both with 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.