A popular brand of portable generators has recalled several models after several reports of finger injuries in machines.
Generac Power Systems recalled gasoline-powered generators this week, advising consumers to stop using them immediately.
An unlocked handle can pinch fingers against the generator frame when being moved. The Waukesha, Wisconsin-based company has received eight reports of generator-related injuries, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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Seven of the injuries resulted in amputations of the fingers and one ended in a crushed fingers, according to the CPSC.
The generators were sold at major retailers including Ace Hardware, Amazon, Costco, Home Depot, Lowe’s and True Value between June 2013 and June 2021. Their prices ranged from $ 790 to $ 1,480.
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The full list of affected models is available on the CPSC website.
Generators can still be used if the locking pin was inserted to secure the handle in place before and after moving the generator, according to the recall notice. Owners can contact Generac for a free repair kit.