PSA If you acquire a solar-powered patio umbrella from Costco between December 2020 and May 2022, you need to in all probability cease utilizing it proper now. A recall alert has been issued for over 400,000 of the SunVilla units within the US and Canada following studies of them overheating and catching hearth.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued the recall for the SunVilla 10-foot Solar LED Market Umbrella bought solely at Costco warehouse and the retailer’s web site for between $130 and $160. The umbrellas characteristic a sequence of LEDs alongside the arms and a black photo voltaic panel battery puck containing a lithium-ion battery on the highest.
The recall discover advises house owners to cease utilizing the umbrellas and retailer the puck, which comes with a black cowl marked with “YEEZE” or “YEEZE 1,” out of the solar and away from flamable materials. It additionally warns towards charging the puck with the AC adaptor.
The CSPC writes that the lithium-ion batteries within the photo voltaic panels can overheat, posing hearth and burn hazards. In the US, there have already been three studies of photo voltaic panels catching hearth whereas charging through the AC adapter whereas indoors, two studies of umbrellas catching hearth when the photo voltaic panel puck overheated and caught hearth whereas connected to the umbrella, and one smoke inhalation damage. SunVilla acquired one report of a battery overheating, inflicting an umbrella to catch hearth, in Canada, although there have been no studies of accidents within the nation.
If you are one of many 400,000 individuals who purchased one among these umbrellas within the United States (or the ~33,000 in Canada), you may return it to any Costco Warehouse for a full refund.