Generac recalls over 300,000 portable generators in the wake of eight gruesome reports.
On July 29, Wisconsin’s Generac issued a sweeping recall of two of its portable generators. A total of eight injury reports, including seven digital amputations, prompted the callback. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission says that an unlocked handle can pinch fingers against the frame when users use it to move the generator.
In all, the recall covers an estimated 321,160 units in the United States and an additional 4,575 in Canada. It includes Generac and DR 6,500- and 8,000-watt generators. The news is certain to ripple through the vanlife/RV community, where the need for portable power is greater than ever.
Here’s what you can do to see whether your generator is affected, and what steps to follow if so.
Generac Portable Generator Recall Info and What to Do
The handle you use to move the generator is the one you need to look out for. It’s the U-shaped, two-grip, flip-up attachment on the side opposite the wheels.
If you have a Generac or DR 6,500 or 8,000-watt gennie, check the full list of units and serial numbers affected at the recall’s CPSC page. At a glance, it includes the XT8000, GP6500, GP8000, PRO6500, and HomeLink6500 models.
Then, follow the brand and agency’s guidelines. They recommend you immediately stop using it unless you’ve got the handle secured with the locking pin while you’re moving it.
Next, follow the steps on Generac’s handle guard recall page to get a free repair kit. You’ll need your serial number and a shipping address. (If you can’t find your serial number, the page also includes a handy link to figure it out.)
Safety first! No one needs to lose a finger, so check your generator model and follow the instructions to keep those digits on your hand where they belong.