Costco Recalling Generators

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Costco is recalling 8,600 portable generators sold at its stores because of reports of fuel leaking - and sometimes starting fires.

    The generators are made by Champion Power Equipment, of Santa Fe Springs, Calif. and were sold at Costco stores nationwide from Dec. 2011 through Jan. 2012.

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

    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.

    Champion can be reached toll-free at (855) 236-9424, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday, e-mail support@cpeauto.com, or online at www.championpowerequipment.com.

    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.