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.
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.
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.
Consumers should immediately contact SolarWorld for a free replacement connector. SolarWorld has contacted all purchasers of this product directly.
Solar panel installers nationwide from November 2016 through December 2016 for about $330 per solar panel with the connectors.
Amphenol Industrial Solar Technologies, of Shenzhen, China (connectors) and SolarWorld Americas Inc., of Hillsboro, Ore. (solar panels)
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