More than 400,000 patio umbrellas sold at Costco recalled due to fire hazard

SPSC ordered the recall of more than 400,000 umbrellas sold at Costco due to fire risk. So far, six incidents have been reported due to malfunctions; one of them was a case of hospitalization.

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More than 400,000 patio umbrellas sold at US Costco stores. were withdrawn from the market due to the risk of fire derived from its malfunction.

Through a statement, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said that six incidents have been reported. One of them sent a person to the hospital for a smoke inhalation problem.

“The company has received six reports of lithium-ion batteries overheating. This includes three reports of solar panels that caught fire while charging via the AC adapter indoors, two reports of umbrellas that caught fire when the solar panel disc overheated and caught fire while attached to the umbrella, and one injury. by smoke inhalation,” he said.

In the product description given by the commission, it is mentioned that the umbrellas have LED lights on the arms and a black solar panel battery disk on the top of the umbrella. The sun disk has a black shell marked “YEEZE” or “YEEZE 1”.

The commission urged consumers to stop using umbrellas immediately., to remove the disk from the solar panel, store the disk out of the sun and away from combustible materials. It also recommends that you do not charge the drive with the AC adapter.

Consumers can return the umbrellas and sun disk to any Costco warehouse nationwide for a full refund. Those unable to return the product can contact the company for refund instructions, the statement said.

The product was sold in stores across the country and online through from December 2020 through May 2022. The price ranges from $130 to $160. The importer is SunVilla Corporation, of Chino, California. Of the total umbrellas sold, an estimated 33,000 were placed in Canada.

This is not the first time that Costco products have been recalled for representing a risk. In April 2022, the CPSC announced the recall of 129,000 wall beds for crush hazards. The beds were sold in stores for eight years.

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