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"Recall Alerts"

01-18-2011

Published by:
Peter A. Lynch, Esq.
of Cozen O'Connor
palynch@cozen.com
http://www.cozen.com

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Schneider Electric Recalls Xantrex GT Series Grid Tie Solar Inverters Due to Injury Hazard


(1) SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC RECALLS XANTREX GT SERIES GRID TIE SOLAR INVERTERS DUE TO INJURY HAZARD

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Xantrex Grid Tie Solar Inverters

Units: About 25,000

Manufacturer: Xantrex Technology Inc. - a subsidiary of Schneider Electric, of Livermore, Calif.

Hazard: A component of the inverter can degrade, causing out gassing within the wiring compartment of the inverter. When arcing occurs, gasses could build and force the compartment cover to be blown off. If the cover is blown off with sufficient force it can injure the user or person, or cause damage to property in close proximity to the inverter.

Incidents/Injuries: Schneider Electric has received five reports of wiring compartment covers being blown off. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: The recalled inverter converts solar photovoltaic voltages into utility grid voltages; allowing the owner to feed power into the electrical grid. The recalled units were manufactured between September 2005 and August 2010. These products were sold under the Xantrex, Sunpower, and General Electric brands. The brand name is printed on the front of the unit.

Affected part numbers, printed on the top of the unit, include the following:

864-0002864-0117864-0128864-0139864-1006864-1011864-1019
864-0107864-0118864-0130864-0140864-1006-02864-1012864-1021
864-0108864-0119864-0131864-1001864-1007864-1013864-1022
864-0111864-0124864-0132864-1001-02864-1008864-1014864-1032
864-0112864-0125864-0133864-1002864-1009864-1015864-1032-02
864-0114864-0126864-0135864-1004864-1009-02864-1016 
864-0116864-0127864-0136864-1005864-1010864-1018
X-864-0002X-864-0117X-864-0128X-864-0139X-864-1007X-864-1014X-864-1032
X-864-0107X-864-0118X-864-0130X-864-0140X-864-1008X-864-1015 
X-864-0108X-864-0119X-864-0131X-864-1001X-864-1009X-864-1016
X-864-0111X-864-0124X-864-0132X-864-1002X-864-1010X-864-1018
X-864-0112X-864-0125X-864-0133X-864-1004X-864-1011X-864-1019
X-864-0114X-864-0126X-864-0135X-864-1005X-864-1012X-864-1021
X-864-0116X-864-0127X-864-0136X-864-1006X-864-1013X-864-1022

Sold through: Solar distributors and system integrators nationwide and in Canada from September 2005 through January 2011 for between about $2,500 and $4,000.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact their authorized dealer to set up an appointment to get a free repair of the inverter.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Xantrex Technology at (800) 714-7176 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11099.html


Xantrex GT Series Inverter

Picture of recalled inverter and location of brand name

Picture of label showing location of part number

DISCLAIMER: This column is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information contained in this update is general in nature. Individual situations of readers may not fit the general educational information described in the column. Readers are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney to evaluate individual situations and provide legal advice. Any reliance on the information contained herein is taken at the reader's own risk and should not be considered legal advice.

Mr. Lynch can be reached at Cozen and O'Connor, 501 West Broadway, Suite 1610, San Diego, California 92101, 800-782-3366 (voice), 619-234-7831 (fax), palynch@cozen.com (e-mail), http://www.cozen.com. Follow us on Twitter at @firesandrain.

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