Solar-powered patio umbrellas sold exclusively in Costco have been returned after some umbrellas caught fire in the United States and Canada, authorities said.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in a news release urged customers to "immediately stop using" the SunVilla 10 foot Solar LED Market Umbrella, CNN reported.
The umbrellas were produced by the California-based Sunville Corporation, the press release said. They feature a solar panel with LED lights on the inner arm and a black ......
cover on top of the umbrella."The lithium-ion batteries in the umbrella's solar panels can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards," the CPSC said.
SunVilla has received one report of a battery overheating and the umbrella catching fire in Canada, with no injury, according to a news release by Health Canada.
Around 4 lakh umbrellas were sold in the United States and about 33K in Canada, the CPSC says. CPSC, Health Canada, Sanville and Costco jointly recalled the umbrellas.
Customers should 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, the CPSC says. The umbrellas can be returned to any Costco Warehouse for a full refund.