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Generac to Pay $15.8M Penalty for Amputations

The Wisconsin manufacturer received eight reports of injuries before issuing a recall.

Generac Power Systems, Inc. agreed to pay a $15.8 million civil penalty regarding its Generac and DR 6500 and 8000 Watt portable generators.

The penalty follows a failure by the Wisconsin manufacturer to immediately report a product hazard.

Between 2018 and 2020, the company received reports of the portable generator’s unlocked handle partially amputating and crushing consumers’ fingers.

The incidents occurred while consumers attempted to move the portable generators.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, five finger amputations occurred before Generac filed a report.

The company received eight reports of injuries by the time of a July 2021 recall.

The recall covered about 321,160 units that were manufactured in the U.S. and China.

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