A backup generator can be convenient and even lifesaving in some circumstances. But as with any piece of equipment, things can go wrong during use sometimes. Several models of generators from Generac Power Systems are under recall due to risk of injury to the hands during use. These generators were sold nationwide at many retailers. The safety concern is related to the handle, which can pinch the hand if used in the unlocked position.
What the recall entails
The Generac Power Systems backup generator was sold at retailers nationwide from June 2013 through June 2021. They were sold under several different model numbers and were available online and at many popular hardware and home improvement stores. The handle on this generator can pinch the user’s finger while the generator is being moved. There have already been several injuries reported by owners of these machines, including seven finger amputations.
What consumers should do
Consumers who own a Generac Power Systems generator can go to the manufacturer’s website to see if their machine is under recall. The company advises people to stop using the generator if the locking pin has not been installed. Owners of the recalled generators can contact the company to request a free kit to repair the defect.
When a consumer invests money into something like a backup generator, they have some expectation that the machine is safe to use. But, even when equipment is used as recommended by the manufacturer, accidents can still occur. When an Oklahoma resident is injured due to the use of a faulty product, they may have cause for legal action against the manufacturer of the product through a product liability case. A claim of this type can help pay for outstanding medical bills and other injury-related expenses.