Bosch Solar voluntarily recalls 28,000 solar panels

It’s always good when a company catches a potential problem before something tragic happens and gives the entire industry an unnecessary black eye.

So when we saw the notice yesterday from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC)  announcing that Bosch Solar Services had initiated a Fast Track recall on 28,000 of its modules because of a potential fire hazard, we were relieved, not appalled.

The recall notice was issued before any incidents or injuries were reported.

According to the notice, Bosch is voluntarily recalling its Roof-Mounted Bosch Photovoltaic Solar Modules with model number c-Si M 60 NA30119, manufactured in Korea and sold by commercial installers nationwide from October 2011 through May 2013 for about $300 per panel.

The solar cells are housed in a glass-foil laminate framed by an anodized aluminum profile, with a module power rating of 245 watts.

Consumers concerned about the panels on their roofs should contact their installers, who can determine if their modules are part of the batch being recalled. Bosch will replace any involved solar panels at no cost to the customer.

The 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 quickly with CPSC to announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.