Increasingly, solar energy is becoming a clean source of energy that many people in West Virginia and across America are turning to. However, 1.5 million solar energy modules were recently recalled for risk of injury to the installer or user. SolarWorld America is reissuing installation manuals due to this recall. When installed incorrectly, the modules can become a defective product.
During installation of the SolarWorld brand module, a copper lug coated with tin must be used to mount it. However, this was not specified in the installation manual. Failing to use a coated lug, and using an uncoated copper lug instead, could result in a faulty ground circuit from a corroded lug.
This faulty circuit poses an electrocution risk and could also possibly cause a fire. Aside from reissuing the manual that specifies what type of lugs to use, the company also intends to contact those who have installed the modules to make sure that the correct lugs were used. So far, no injuries have been reported.
A lack of injuries reported does not necessarily indicate that no injuries were suffered from a defective product. When a company does not include sufficient instructions to ensure the safe use of its product, such as with these solar energy panels, the risk of serious injury to a consumer can be substantial and may include related medical bills as well as long-term pain and suffering. For West Virginia victims, a product liability claim can be a solid step toward recovery, as the successful litigation of such a claim can provide invaluable compensation.
Source: pv-tech.org, “1.5 million SolarWorld modules affected by ‘recall’“, John Parnell, Aug. 21, 2014