U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Fast Track Recall Alert

Recall Date: March 28, 2017
Recall Number: 17-736

SolarWorld Recalls Connectors Sold with Solar Panels Due to Electrical Shock Hazard (Recall Alert)

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Connectors sold with solar panels

Hazard: The connectors that are attached to the solar panels can develop microscopic cracks that allow moisture to leak into them while the system is producing electricity, posing an electrical shock hazard.

Remedy: Replace

Consumers should immediately contact SolarWorld for a free replacement connector. SolarWorld has contacted all purchasers of this product directly.

Consumer Contact: SolarWorld toll-free at 855-467-6527 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.solarworld-usa.com and click on “Recall Notice” at the top of the page for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 97,000

Description: This recall involves Amphenol UTX PV model connectors sold with solar panels. The electrical connectors are used to connect various types of photovoltaic solar panels to the electrical connection system. The connectors have a black plastic exterior with “Amphenol” and “UTX PV” stamped on the end. They consist of a male pin on one end and a female socket on the other end.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold at: Solar panel installers nationwide from November 2016 through December 2016 for about $330 per solar panel with the connectors.

Manufacturer: Amphenol Industrial Solar Technologies, of Shenzhen, China (connectors) and SolarWorld Americas Inc., of Hillsboro, Ore. (solar panels)

Manufactured in: China (connectors), U.S. (solar panels)

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Amphenol connector
Recalled solar panel connectors

SolarWorld solar panel
Solar panel

CPSC fast track logoThis recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.

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