Washington, D.C., United States – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the Schneider Electric announced a voluntary recall of about 25,000 Xantrex Grid Tie Inverters.
The recalled units were manufactured between September 2005 and
August 2010 and sold under the Xantrex, Sunpower, and General Electric
brands. The brand name is printed on the front of the unit.
Affected part numbers, which are printed on the top of the unit, are listed at this link.
According to a company press release, 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 could injure the user or person, or cause damage to property in close proximity to the inverter.
Schneider Electric has received five reports of wiring compartment covers being blown off but no injuries or property damage has been reported.
Consumers in possession of the product should immediately contact their authorized dealer to set up an appointment to get a free repair of the inverter. For more information, contact Xantrex Technology at (800) 714-7176 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.