new pull goods Here to discourage your summer get-togethers: A lighted, solar-paneled patio umbrella sold by Costco has been recalled after reports of the canopy panels catching fire.
There’s nothing quite like a cozy summer lounging with your loved ones – until the party is interrupted by a blazing canopy. SunVilla’s Solar LED Market Umbrella umbrella, which was sold at retail giant Costco, has been called in a filing shared by US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Government of Canada Thursday.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that lithium-ion batteries in a canopy solar panel module can get too hot to burn. Solar panels and batteries power a series of LED lights on the canopy arms. This overheating has been reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission six times, with two of these reports documenting the same umbrella that caught fire. According to the summons notice, the umbrella’s solar panels caught fire three times.
“Consumers should immediately stop using the awnings, remove the solar panel disc containing the lithium-ion battery from the top of the awning, store the disc out of the sun and away from combustible materials, and not charge the disc with an AC adapter. No response,” the commission said in the recall notice. Costco and SunVilla immediately responded to our request for comment.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says 400,000 units have been recalled in the US33,000 in Canada. Product sold by Costco online and in its warehouse stores between December 2020 and May 2022 for $130 and $160, buyers eligible for a full refund. Costco and SunVilla say they are reaching out to all customers who have purchased an umbrella.
This appears to be the first time an umbrella like this has been pulled in over a decade. Bed Bath & Beyond sold a similar solar powered umbrella in 2010, who was summoned Not because of the danger of fire, but because the plastic connector may break, causing the canopy to collapse.
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