Recall of Costco sun umbrellas after several umbrellas catch fire



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Solar-powered patio umbrellas sold exclusively at Costco have been recalled in the United States and Canada after some umbrellas caught fire, authorities said.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in a press release, urged customers to “immediately discontinue use” of the SunVilla 10ft Solar LED Market Umbrella.

The umbrellas were produced by California-based SunVilla Corp., the press release said. They feature LED lights on the inner arms and a solar panel with a black cover at the top of the umbrella.

“The lithium-ion batteries in the umbrella’s solar panels can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard,” the CPSC said.

The umbrellas were sold at Costco warehouses and online for between $130 and $160 from December 2020 to May 2022, the CPSC said.

In the United States, there have been “three reports of solar panels catching fire while charging via the AC adapter indoors and two reports of umbrellas catching fire when the solar panel washer overheated and caught fire while ‘She was tied to the umbrella and a smoke inhalation injury,’ the CPSC said.

SunVilla has received a report of battery overheating and an umbrella fire in Canada, with no injuries, according to a press release issued Thursday by Health Canada.

About 400,000 umbrellas were sold in the United States and about 33,000 in Canada, according to the CPSC. The umbrellas were jointly recalled by the CPSC, Health Canada, SunVilla and Costco.

Customers should stop using the umbrellas and remove the solar panel washer (the part that contains the lithium-ion battery), store it out of direct sunlight and away from combustible materials, and do not charge the puck with its AC adapter, says the CPSC. Umbrellas can be returned to any Costco warehouse for a full refund.


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