NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
|Office of Communications||Washington, D.C.|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2012
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 445-1805|
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Powermate Generators Recall to Repair by Pramac America Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Home Depot
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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Powermate Sx 5500 portable generators
Units: About 7700
Importer: Pramac America LLC, of Kearney, Neb.
Manufacturer: Am Pride Chongqing Senci IMP & EXP Trade Co., of China
Hazard: The fuel filter on this generator allows gasoline to leak, posing a fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Pramac America has received 51 reports of fuel filter leakage. No fires or injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled portable generators have "Powermate 5500" printed on the side of the black generator with wheels. These generators were sold under the model name Sx5500 and model number PM0125500. Both are printed on a plate on the rear of the generators with serial numbers of the recalled units ranging from K003xxxxxQ through K090xxxxxQ.
Sold exclusively at: Home Depot stores in northeast, mid-west and southeast United States from February 2012 through August 2012 for about $550.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using these recalled portable generators and contact Pramac America to receive a free repair kit including a replacement filter, hose and hose clamps for fuel line.
Consumer Contact: Pramac America LLC at (800) 445-1805 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or www.powermate.com and click on the Generator tab and then the Expert Advice followed by the Service Notification link for more information.
Powermate Generator w/fuel filter identification
Rear view of Powermate Generators
Powermate information plate on rear of generator
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: SaferProducts.gov, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing and speech impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.
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