Champion portable generators recalled

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Consumer This undated photo provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows one of the Champion Power Equipment portable generator models being recalled by the company, due to a fire hazard caused by a fuel can leak from the generator's carburetor. Photo Credit: AP

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Champion Power Equipment, has announced a voluntary recall of 8,600 Champion portable generators.

The Santa Fe Springs, Calif., company said there have been 11 reports of fuel leaking from generator's carburetors, including eight reports of them catching fire and two of property damage.

The two models being recalled were sold for about $699 at Costco Wholesale stores nationwide from December 2011 through July 2012. Both models have a black frame with black and yellow control panels, a bar handle and two wheels. The model number and serial number are on the side of the generator with the handle, on a tag on the crossbar above the yellow generator end cap.

Model 41332 has an open frame, the words "Champion Power Equipment" on the control panel and "8250 starting watts" and "6500 running watts" on the side of the fuel tank.

Model 41532 has side panels that cover the long sides of the fuel tank, the words "Champion Power Equipment" on the side panel above the control panel, and "9000 starting watts" and "7000 running watts" on the control panel.

Consumers should stop using the recalled generators and contact Champion Power Equipment for a free repair kit to be installed by an authorized dealer. Or, consumers may return the generators to Costco for a full refund.

For more information, call Champion Power Equipment at 855-236-9424, email support@cpeauto.com, or visit championpowerequipment.com and click on the red "Important Product Recall Notice" link.

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