The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that Costco has recalled around 400,000 of the Solar LED Market Umbrellas manufactured by SunVilla Corporation.
On June 23, the commission announced the recall, stating that it also impacted an additional 33,000 Canadian-sold umbrellas.
According to the report, the lithium-ion batteries in the umbrella’s solar panels could possibly overheat and cause a fire or hazardous burns.
The commission said there had been six reports of batteries overheating. In three other reports, solar panels have caught fire indoors. One injury from smoke inhalation has also been reported.
The recall applies to every 10-inch Solar LED Market Umbrella that Costco has been selling exclusively since December 2020. Before discontinuing the product in May, Costco had been offering the umbrellas for sale both online and at its warehouses across the country.
Customers are urged to stop using the umbrellas immediately and remove the solar panel puck that houses the lithium-ion battery. Each umbrella panel has a black cover at the top with the words “YEEZE” or “YEEZE 1” written on it. The commission also advises customers not to charge the puck with the included AC adaptor. Customers should also keep the puck out of the sun and away from combustible materials.
Costco and SunVilla are notifying all confirmed customers who have purchased the umbrella. The 10-inch Solar LED Market Umbrella can be returned together with the puck to any Costco Warehouse for a full refund.
Customers who cannot visit a store can contact Costco to get information regarding their refund.