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Suntech America Recalls SolarBlend Roof Tiles Due to Fire Hazard

  • Single SolarBlend™ Roof Tile
  • SolarBlend™ Roof Tiles in a residential application
  • SolarBlend™ Roof Tiles as viewed from the ground
Name of Product:
SolarBlend™ Roof Tiles
Hazard:
The connectors between the solar roof tiles can become loose, posing a fire hazard.
Remedy:
Repair
Recall Date:
February 23, 2012
Units:
About 300 installations
Consumer Contact

For additional information and to schedule a free inspection and repair of the solar energy systems, contact Suntech toll-free at (866) 966-6555, ext 3 between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at http://www.suntech-power.com/product-safety

Recall Details

Description:

SolarBlend roof tiles replace conventional roof tiles to provide solar energy to the building. This recall involves all SolarBlend roof tiles with model numbers STP050D-5/ZCB (brown), STP050D-5/ZCF (terra cotta), and STP050D-5/ZCG (gray).

Remedy:

Suntech has been notifying consumers directly. Consumers who have not been contacted by Suntech should turn off their solar energy systems immediately. Consumers should contact Suntech to schedule a free inspection and repair of the solar energy system. Suntech will repair the solar energy system at no cost to the consumer.

Incidents/Injuries:

Suntech has received one report of one fire involving six SolarBlend roof tiles. Only the tiles were damaged and no one was injured.

Sold At

Roofing retailers and installers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas and Nevada from October 2009 through March 2011. Depending on the solar energy system size, installation cost can range from $15,000 to $100,000.

Manufacturer(s):
Wuxi Suntech Power Co. Ltd., of Wuxi, China
Manufactured In:
China
Importer(s):

Suntech America Inc., of San Francisco, Calif.

Recall number:
12-725
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