|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2007
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 742-9108
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
DEWALT Recalls Portable Generators Due to Electric Shock Hazard
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: 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.
Customer 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 www.DEWALT.com
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.
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