Reminder: Generator models pose ‘risk of amputation’ Health Canada warns

Two portable generators with folding handles used to move them that were recalled last year because they pose a “risk of amputation and crushing” now require an updated fix, the Department of Health said. Canada said.

While no incidents had been reported in Canada as of Tuesday, health authorities said 6,500-watt and 8,000-watt generators powered by the Generac and DR brand gas had caused dozens of incidents in the country. America.

The company has received at least 37 injury reports in the US, including five “crush injuries” and 24 reports of finger amputations.

An initial recall was issued last October, but Health Canada sent an updated notice on Thursday, listing 10 generator models with updated instructions for consumers. .

The U-shaped flip-up handle could clamp a person’s fingers, leading to the reported injury, “unless the locking pin has been properly fitted to secure the handle in position before and after moving the machine generate electricity.”

Health Canada is warning people to stop using generators unless that pin is available and to contact Generac for a free updated repair kit.

The agency also said that anyone who responds to the initial recall will automatically be sent a new repair kit.

Health Canada says it can take as little as four weeks to process repair kit orders.

Generac reports 4,574 generators were sold in Canada between June 2013 and June 2021.

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