The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced a recall affecting two models of Champion Power Equipment portable generators sold at Costco stores due to fire hazards. The CPSC issued the recalls due to fuel leaks from some carburetors posing a serious fire risk. Both Champion Power Equipment models affected by the recall feature a back frame with yellow and black control panels, a bar handle and two wheels. Costco estimates that around 8,600 of the faulty generators have been sold exclusively at their stores throughout the U.S. from December 2011 through July 2012 for around $699. The models affected by the recall include number 41332 and number 41532.
Model number 41332 generators have an open frame and contain the words "Champion Power Equipment" on the control panel and "6500 running watts" and "8250 starting watts" on the side of the fuel tank. The serial numbers affected by this recall range from 11NOV2600701 to 11NOV2601500.
Model number 41532 generators have side panels that cover the two long sides of the fuel tank and also feature the words "Champion Power Equipment," "9000 starting watts" and "7000 running watts" on the control panel. The serial numbers of this model affected by this recall include 11NOV1400151 to 11NOV1400360, 11DEC0700001 to 11DEC0700720, 11DEC1301077 to 11DEC1402602, 11DEC2201801 to 11DEC2203600, 11DEC2501531 to 11DEC2503330 and 11DEC2801073 to 11DEC2801325.
Costco and the CPSC urge anyone who owns recalled generators to stop using them immediately and contact Champion Power Equipment for a free repair kit that authorized dealers can install. Owners can also return the generators to any Costco for a full refund.
Floridians are very familiar with generators, as most homes have them to power refrigerators and other essential appliances during hurricanes and other significant weather events. If you have suffered an injury or property damage due to a recalled generator or any other defective product, under Florida law, you can seek damages against the manufacturer, distributor and retailer that sold the product. You can also call 800-425-2004 and schedule a free consultation with Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham. Mr. Cunningham has a long and verifiable history of success as an Orlando product liability attorney helping clients receive the compensation they deserve. If you have questions and would like to speak with him, call Mr. Cunningham today to get his skills, experience and work ethic on your side!
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