01/18/2011 // Greensboro, NC, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Livermore, CA—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Xantrex Technology Inc., a subsidiary of Schneider Electric, have voluntarily recalled about 25,000 Xantrex Grid Tie Solar Inverters over injury hazards. The CPSC announced the recall on January 18, 2011.

The recall was initiated after discovering that the component of the inverter can degrade, which can cause out gassing within the wiring compartment of the inverter. When arcing happened, the gasses could build and force the compartment cover to be blown off. Injury or property damage can occur if the cover is blown off.

The CPSC reported, “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:

864-0002, 864-0117, 864-0128, 864-0139, 864-1006, 864-1011, 864-1019, 864-0107, 864-0118, 864-0130, 864-0140, 864-1006-02, 864-1012, 864-1021, 864-0108, 864-0119, 864-0131, 864-1001, 864-1007, 864-1013, 864-1022, 864-0111, 864-0124, 864-0132, 864-1001-02, 864-1008, 864-1014, 864- 1032, 864-0112, 864-0125, 864-0133, 864-1002, 864-1009, 864-1015,864-1032-02, 864-0114, 864-0126, 864-0135, 864-1004, 864-1009-02, 864-1016, 864-0116, 864-0127, 864-0136, 864-1005, 864-1010,864-1018, X-864-0002, X-864-0117, X-864-0128, X-864-0139, X-864-1007, X-864-1014, X-864-1032, X-864-0107, X-864-0118, X-864-0130, X-864-0140, X-864-1008, X-864-1015, X-864-0108, X-864-0119, X-864-0131, X-864-1001, X-864-1009, X-864-1016, X-864-0111, X-864-0124, X-864-0132, X-864-1002, X-864-1010, X-864-1018, X-864-0112, X-864-0125, X-864-0133, X-864-1004, X-864-1011, X-864-1019, X-864-0114, X-864-0126, X-864-0135, X-864-1005, X-864-1012, X-864-1021, X-864-0116, X-864-0127, X-864-0136, X-864-1006, X-864-1013, X-864-1022.

Consumers are advised to contact an authorized dealer to schedule an appointment to get a free repair of the inverter. For further information concerning the recall, consumers can contact Xantrex Technology at (800) 714-7176 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

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