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FUEL TANKS ON PORTABLE GENERATORS EXAMINED FOR POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD

Gasoline tanks used on about 295,000 portable generators may be faulty, posing a fire hazard, according to federal regulators.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and DeVibliss Air Power Co. of Jackson, Tenn., are investigating whether the fuel tanks on the generators may crack where the tanks mount on the frame, posing a fire hazard.

Officials warn that consumers should not put more than three gallons of gasoline in the fuel tanks at one time until the results of the investigation are announced.

The generators affected are: the DeVibliss Air Power Co., EX-CELL, PowerBack, Companion Model 919-32721 and Craftsman Model 919-32651. The seven-gallon tanks affected bear dates prior to June 1, 1999, and were sold nationwide between February 1996 and June 1, 1999.

The date is on the serial barcode label found on one of the gas tank support rails, and on the shipping carton label.

Any consumer who has seen leakage from the tank is asked to call the DeVibliss Co. at (800) 888-2468, Ext. 21, or on the World Wide Web at www.devap.com, to obtain a free replacement tank. Consumers can also call the safety commission at (800) 638-2772.

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