Fire hazard: Company recalls portable gas-powered generators

During the power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy, some homeowners in Connecticut are using portable generators to heat their homes and keep their household appliances running.

However, one brand of portable generator is part of a nationwide recall because it was found to leak gasoline which could cause fires.

Approximately 8,600 generators made by Champion Power Equipment are subject to the recall. They were sold exclusively at Costco between December 2011 and July 2012.

There are two models in the recall:

Model # 41532 – 9000 Watt / 7000 Watt Wireless Remote Electric Start Portable Generator (Retail $699)

Model # 41332 – 8250 Watt / 6500 Watt Wireless Remote Electric Start Portable Generator (Retail $699)

A recall notice on Champion's website says: "We have identified that the float inside the carburetor can get stuck and flood the carburetor with fuel. This fuel has the potential to leak out around the generator and possibly cause a fire hazard. Therefore we are conducting this recall to keep our customers safe and prevent injuries by replacing the problem component on the generator."

There have been several reports of fires caused by the leaking generators, two that caused property damage.

Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled generators immediately and contact Champion Power Equipment at 1-855-236-9424 for a free repair kit and more information about the recall. The generators may also be returned to Costco for a full refund.