Solar power grid inverter recall

On January 21 2011 Health Canada announced that the Xantrex Grid Tie series single-phase grid-tie solar inverters have been recalled.

The recalled inverter converts solar photovoltaic voltages (60 Hz) 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 these brand names: "Xantrex", "Sunpower", and "General Electric brands". The brand name is printed on the front of the unit.

The following part numbers are included in this recall:

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

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

What is the danger?

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 cause personal injury or property damage in close proximity to the inverter."

Schneider Electric has received five reports of wiring compartment covers being blown off. However, no injuries or property damage have been reported.

What should I do?

You should immediately unplug the recalled product and contact their authorized dealer to set up an appointment to get a free repair of the inverter.

For more information, consumers may contact Xantrex Technology at 1-800-714-7176 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

How many were sold and where?

Approximately 664 units of the recalled products were sold at various Solar distributors and system integrators in Canada.

The recalled products were sold from September 2005 to January 2011.

These units were manufactured in China. The manufacturer is Xantrex Technology Inc. (a subsidiary of Schneider Electric) of Livermore, California.