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Generac recalls Generac and DR Power electric start pressure washers

The electronic start/stop button can malfunction

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Generac Power Systems of Waukesha, Wis., is recalling about 55,000 electric start pressure washers sold in the U.S. and Canada.

The electronic start/stop button can malfunction and self-start, posing a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if the unit is in a confined space.

The firm has received nine reports of the pressure washers self-starting and operating without being connected to a water supply. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

This recall involves Generac and DR Power brand electric start pressure washers with model numbers DPW3100DEN, DPW3101DEN, DPW3102DEN, G0071320, G0071321, G0071430, and G0071431.

The electric start pressure washers have an electric start/stop button for the unit’s gasoline-powered engines, as well as a rechargeable battery used to power the button. The model and serial numbers are printed on a label located on the product’s frame.

Consumers can check the specific unit types, model numbers, and serial numbers of affected products here. A list of the recalled Generac and DR Power brand electric start pressure washers may be found here.

The power washers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at major home improvement and hardware stores nationwide and online, including Ace Hardware, Amazon, City Electric Supply, Costco, Do It Best, eBay, Essendant, Fastenal, Home Depot, Lowe’s Stores, Menard’s, Orgill, Power Equipment Direct, Ravitsky Bros., Tractor Supply, True Value, and Walmart from February 2018, through February 2022, for between $450 and $650.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled pressure washers, unless they have removed the rechargeable battery, and contact Generac to arrange to have an authorized dealer replace the start/stop switch free of charge. Generac is contacting known consumers directly to provide more details about the repair.

The pressure washer can continue to be used with the battery removed by using the pull-start option to start the unit. 

Consumers may contact Generac Power Systems online or toll-free at (855) 625-2933 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday for more information.

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