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Generac is recalling about 53,000 power washers due to a specific issue where the electric start/stop button can malfunction, potentially causing a carbon monoxide hazard. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall notice, the power washer can self-start, causing the gas-powered machine to run for extended periods of time, and building up carbon monoxide in enclosed spaces.
The recall involves Generac and DR Power brand electric start pressure washers with model numbers DPW3100DEN, DPW3101DEN, DPW3102DEN, G0071320, G0071321, G0071430 and G0071431.
Users should immediately stop using the power washers and contact Generac to have an authorized dealer replace the start/stop switch. The electric start/stop switch runs with a rechargeable battery, which can be removed. If the battery is removed, the power washers can still be used with its pull-start mechanism, says CPSC.
There have been nine reports of the power washers self-starting, but no injuries have been reported.
Greg Zimmerman is editor, FacilitiesNet.com and Building Operating Management magazine.