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DeWALT Recalls Portable Generators Due to Electric Shock Hazard

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Press Release

FlashlightNews.org - 1/08/2007

Widely sold generators have dangerous ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) defect

DEWALT DG2900 2900 watt gasoline-powered generators

DEWALT DG2900 2900 watt gasoline-powered generators

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

  • Name of Product: DeWALT DG2900 Portable Generators
  • Units: About 13,000
  • Manufacturer: DeWALT Industrial Tool Co., of Towson, Md.
  • Hazard: A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) installed on the generator could fail to operate properly, posing a risk of electric shock to consumers.
  • Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported.
  • Description: The recall involves DeWALT DG2900 2900 watt gasoline-powered generators with date codes 200150 through 200635. The generators are black and yellow. "DeWALT" and "DG2900" are printed on the generator. The date code is stamped on the right side of the unit on the black plastic covering the rear of the control panel. Units with an "R" stamped on the name plate are not affected by this recall.
  • Sold by: Major home center and hardware stores nationwide from December 2001 through November 2006 for between $900 and $1,000.
  • Manufactured in: Japan
  • Remedy: Consumers should stop using the generators immediately and contact DeWALT to arrange for a free inspection and, if necessary, free repair.
  • Consumer Contact: For more information, contact DeWALT toll-free at (888) 742-9108 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.DeWALT.com.
    Firm's Recall Hotline: (888)742-9108
    CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
    CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908