Coming right in the middle of hurricane season, Generac Power Systems says it is recalling thousands of portable generators due to the risk of fire and burns.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recalled generators’ fuel tank can fail to vent adequately from the rollover valve, causing the gas tank to build up excess pressure and expel fuel when opened, posing fire and burn hazards.
The generators, which are blamed for at least three serious injuries so far, were sold at most major home improvement and hardware stores nationwide and on various websites from April 2011 through June 2023 for between $3,300 and $3,650.
The recall involves Generac Portable Generators type GP15000E, with model numbers G0057341, G0057342, 005734R1, and 005734R2, and type GP17500E, with model numbers G0057351, G0057352, 005735R1, and 005735R2.
“Generac” and the unit type are printed on both sides of the tank and on the control panel of the generators. The model number is printed on a label on the heat shield between the engine and alternator of the generator.
Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled generators and contact Generac for a free repair kit.