Sat. Sep 30th, 2023
    64,000 Portable Generators Recalled Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about 64,000 portable generators manufactured by Generac Power Systems. The recall is a result of reports stating that the fuel tanks of these generators sometimes fail to vent properly, leading to the expulsion of fuel and posing serious fire and burn hazards.

    Specifically, the GP15000E and GP17500E models of Generac generators have been identified as having this issue. The fuel tanks of these generators build up excess pressure, and when opened, can forcefully expel fuel, increasing the risk of fire and burn injuries. Generac has already received reports of 27 incidents where these generators overheated and expelled fuel, resulting in severe burn injuries in three cases.

    In response to this safety concern, Generac is offering free repair kits to consumers. To obtain the kit, consumers are advised to stop using the recalled generators immediately and contact Generac. The repair kit includes a new rollover valve, and instructions on how to install it can be found on Generac’s website. The company estimates that the kit will be delivered within six to eight weeks after ordering.

    The recall applies to generators that were sold at major home improvement and hardware stores across the United States, as well as through various online platforms, between April 2011 and June 2023. Consumers can identify the recalled generators by checking the model numbers, which can be found on Generac’s website. Additionally, the unit type of the generator is printed on both sides of its fuel tank and on its control panel, while the model number is printed on a label on the heat shield between the engine and alternator.

    The timing of this recall is particularly noteworthy, as it coincides with the peak of the hurricane season from June to November. Portable generators are often relied upon during such times when power outages are common. However, even with a properly functioning generator, consumers are reminded to take necessary safety precautions, such as keeping it at least 20 feet away from their homes and ensuring it is not placed in an enclosed space.


    – U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
    – Generac Power Systems