By Anthony Capkun
September 28, 2020 – The U.S. CPSC announced a recall involving Westinghouse WGen5300DFv dual-fuel portable generators and Westinghouse iGen4500DF dual-fuel inverter portable generators with manufacture dates from October 2019 through December 2019.
These gennies run on either gasoline or propane.
The recalled units (approx. 7500) can leak fuel, posing a fire and burn hazard. MWE Investments has received 26 reports of fuel leaking from the fuel valve. No fires, injuries or property damage have been reported.
It is unknown how many, if any units, made their way into Canada.
The WGen5300DFv has a bright Blue and Black metal exterior and has “Westinghouse” and “WGen5300DFv” printed in White lettering on the control panel on the side of the generator. The unit has a fold-down handle and wheels for portability. It measures about 23.3 x 20 x 19.29 in. without its wheel kit, and weighs about 129 lb.
The iGen4500DF has a bright Blue plastic cover and has “Westinghouse iGen4500DF” printed in White lettering on both side panels. It measures about 29.7 x 19.7 x 22 in., and weighs about 105 lb.
Affected units will have one of the following serial numbers, which can be found on the unit’s back panel (the “x” fields are specific to individual units):
The WGen500DFv was sold at Sam’s Club nationwide and online at SamsClub.com. The iGen4500DF was sold online at amazon.com, homedepot.com, lowes.com, electricgeneratorsdirect.com, powerequipmentdirect.com, norwall.com, and other online locations.
They were sold from January 2020 through May 2020 for between $450 US and $1050 US, depending on the model. The units were imported by MWE Investments (Columbus, Ohio), and manufactured in China and Vietnam.
Remember: The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.