SolarWorld Americas of Hillsboro, Ore., is recalling about 97,000 connectors sold with solar panels.
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.
No incidents or injuries are reported.
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.
The connectors and solar panels, manufactured in China and the U.S., respectively, were sold at solar panel installers nationwide from November 2016, through December 2016, for about $330 per solar panel with the connectors.
What to do
Consumers should immediately contact SolarWorld for a free replacement connector. SolarWorld has contacted all purchasers of this product directly.
Consumers may 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.