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Champion Power Equipment Recalls Generators Sold Exclusively at Costco

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Portable generators

Units: About 8,600

Manufacturer: Champion Power Equipment, of Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

Hazard: Fuel can leak from the generator's carburetor, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been 11 reports of fuel leaking from the generators, including eight reports of the generators catching fire and two of property damage.

Description: This recall involves two models of Champion Power Equipment portable generators. Both models have 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.

Serial Number Range for Model Number 41332: 11NOV2600701 to 11NOV2601500

Serial Number Ranges for Model Number 41532: 11NOV1400151 to 11NOV1400360, 11DEC0700001 to 11DEC0700720, 11DEC1301077 to 11DEC1402602, 11DEC2201801 to 11DEC2203600, 11DEC2501531 to 11DEC2503330, 11DEC2801073 to 11DEC2801325

Sold exclusively at: Costco Wholesale stores nationwide from December 2011 through July 2012 for about $699.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled generators immediately and contact Champion Power Equipment for a free repair kit to be installed by an authorized dealer. The consumer may also return the unit to Costco for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Champion Power Equipment; toll-free at (855) 236-9424, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, e-mail, or online at, then click on the red "Important Product Recall Notice" link for more information.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:
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