Generac Issues Recall on Portable Generators After 7 Finger Amputation Incidents

by Madison Miller

Generac, a popular brand of power generators, has led to amputations recently.

There have been about eight injuries, which include seven finger amputations and one completely crushed digit. At the root of it are incidents related to portable power generators.

Now, according to CBS News, there are more than 350,000 of these generators a part of this nationwide recall. This specifically included the 6,500-watt and 8,000-watt Generac portable generators. Apparently, there is an unlocked handle that poses the risk of pinching the user’s finger against the frame of the generator while it is in use. This is how both crushing and finger-amputation is occurring while using these generators.

The window for the recall is quite large.

Any of these Generac Power Systems goods were purchased by consumers between June 2013 and June 2021. The range in price is from $790 to $1,480. People purchased these products from Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Blain’s Farm & Fleet, Amazon, City Electric Supply, Costco, Napa Auto Parts, Lowe’s Stores, Do It Best, Fastenal, Northern Tool & Equipment, Power Equipment Direct, Ravitsky Bros, Orgill, W.W. Grainger, and True Value.

If you happen to have one of these generators, there are a few things you can do. The company is telling people to not use the generators unless the locking pin is securely placed in the handle to keep it from moving. Otherwise, you can contact Generac to get a free repair kit.

Other Major Recalls

Expensive generators aren’t the only products that face recalls recently.

Within the last day or so, news hit that there were more than 295,000 pounds of raw beef products being recalled. They all have the risk an E. coli contamination.

According to USA Today, the brand called Greater Omaha Packing is behind the recall. The meat processing company is recalling products that came from its facilities on July 13. The products have “EST. 960A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

These potentially dangerous products went to Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Nebraska. So far, no one has reported any negative reactions to eating this beef from Greater Omaha Packing. Angus boneless shank, chuck, and brisket were all included in the “Class I” recall. A “Class I” recall essentially means that there is a very high health risk in which a product could cause serious consequences or death in those who eat it.

Recalls have been all too common this past month. Other recalled products include McCormick seasonings, Tyson chicken products, several dog food brands, muffins, carrots, and both Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen.

If you happen to use Sunshine Mills dog food for your pets, the company recalled products for having elevated levels of aflatoxin, a byproduct of mold. The company sells Triumph, Evolve, Wild Harvest, Nurture Farms, Pure Being, and Elm.