January 31, 2002
Vector Has Recalled Power Inverters with GFCI Outlets
Lauderdale, FL (SafetyAlerts)
-Vector Manufacturing Ltd.
has recalled about 1,600 power inverters with ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI)
outlets. Power inverters convert DC voltage to AC voltage to allow the
operation of household products using battery power. The GFCIs on the
inverters, which are intended to protect consumers against shock and
electrocution, could fail to operate correctly.
Vector Manufacturing has not received any reports of injuries or incidents
associated with these power inverters. This recall is being conducted to
prevent the possibility of injuries.
The recalled power inverters have a red, yellow or black rectangular- shaped
body with white or gray electrical outlets on the side, next to the volt and
amp meters. The outlets on the recalled inverters have "TEST" and "RESET"
buttons. They include the following model numbers and names, located on a
label on the top of the power inverters:
Model Numbers Model Names
VEC049GF MAXX Series 1000 Watt Power Inverter
VEC049GM MAXX Series 1000 Watt Power Inverter for Marine applications
VEC050GF MAXX Series 1500 Watt Power Inverter
VEC050GM MAXX Series 1500 Watt Power Inverter for Marine Applications
VEC051GM MAXX Series 3000 Watt Power Inverter for Marine applications
VEC049GF Force Series 1000 Watt Power Inverter
VEC050G Power Force Series 1500 Watt Power Inverter
VEC049G Power Force Series 1000 Watt Power Inverter
Automotive and marine stores nationwide, and mail-order catalogs sold these
inverters from November 1999 through November 2001 for between $365 and
Consumers should stop using the recalled power inverters immediately,
disconnect them, and contact Vector Manufacturing to receive a free
inspection. If needed, Vector Manufacturing will replace the GFCI outlet.
Consumers participating in the recall program also will receive an extended
warranty and an additional free gift when they send the units in for the
free inspection. For more information, contact Vector Manufacturing
toll-free at (866) 584-5504 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through
Power inverters with black electrical outlets are not included in the