Oh no – I almost bought one of these and I am so glad I didn’t!
Costco has just issued a recall for their popular solar patio umbrellas due to risk of fire.
These solar umbrellas were sold exclusively at Costco in the United States and Canada and have been recalled after some umbrellas caught fire, authorities said.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) made a news release urging customers to “immediately stop using” the SunVilla 10 foot Solar LED Market Umbrella.
“The lithium-ion batteries in the umbrella’s solar panels can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards,” the CPSC said.
The umbrellas were sold at Costco warehouses and online for between $130 and $160 from December 2020 through May 2022, the CPSC said.
The CPSC said in the United States, there were:
“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 puck overheated and caught fire while attached to the umbrella and one smoke inhalation injury,”
Customers who do have this umbrella are being asked to stop using the umbrellas and remove the solar panel puck (the piece that contains the lithium-ion battery), store it out of the sun and away from combustible material, and not charge the puck with its AC adapter.
If you do have an umbrella, it can be returned to any Costco Warehouse for a full refund.
This is so scary and the last thing we want to see is anyone getting hurt!!