Recall: Portable Inverter Generators
On 2017-12-07, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Portable Inverter Generators due to a potential fire hazard. This product sold new beginning in June 2017 for about $580 to $600.
About 5,000 units are involved in this MWE Investments of Columbus generator recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Generators category in 2017.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 20 similar recalls,
involving about 800,000 product units.
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What is the problem?
The portable generators can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves Westinghouse iGen2500 and iPro2500 portable inverter generators used to power appliances, cell phones or other electronic devices. The iGen2500 has a bright blue plastic cover and has "Westinghouse iGen2500" printed in white lettering on the side and on the front of the generator. The Westinghouse iPro2500 has a plastic gray cover. "Westinghouse iPro2500" is printed in white lettering on the side and front of the generator. The number of watts is also printed on the side. It reads 2200 Running Watts and 2500 Peak Watts. The generators measure about 20 inches long by 18 wide inches by 11 inches tall. They weigh about 49 pounds.
These items were sold new+ Online at Amazon.com, apelectricgenerators.com, Climate Right.com, Homedepot.com, Houzz.com, Menards.com, PowerEquipmentDirect.com, and Walmart.com from June 2017 through October 2017 for between $580 and $600.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled generators and contact MWE Investments to arrange for a free repair.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm has received four reports of the recalled generators overheating and catching on fire. No injuries have been reported.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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