The maker of an umbrella with built-in solar panels and LED lights sold at Costco has recalled nearly 400,000 products because lithium-ion batteries could overheat and catch fire.
That Sunvilla Corp. of Chino, Calif., said it had received six reports of batteries in the blackened solar panels of umbrellas, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission . The solar panel attaches to the top of the 10-foot canopy and LED lights under the arms of the umbrella.
The CPSC said that in three cases, solar panels caught fire while charging through the AC adapter. In two cases, the umbrellas caught fire when the solar panels cooked up, while attached, overheated. The sixth case involved injury from inhaling the fumes.
The umbrellas were sold at Costco warehouses and online in the US and Canada from December 2020 to May 2022 for $130-$160. About 33,000 were sold in Canada.
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Sunvilla and Costco are receiving the latest news about recalls and refunds from all known shoppers. Consumers can return umbrellas and solar pucks to any Costco warehouse across the country. Consumers unable to return product to Costco see SunVilla for instructions on how to get a refund.
Consumers should no longer use umbrellas and should remove the solar panel puck from the umbrella. It should be kept away from sunlight and flammable materials and should not be charged with an AC adapter.
Consumers can call Sunvilla toll-free at 866-600-3133 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or email the company at LEDRecall@sunvilla.com, or https://sunvilla. com/pages/recall.