SunVilla Corporation is recalling its 10 Foot Solar LED Market Umbrella that have been sold … [+] exclusively at Costco. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Umbrellas don’t tend to work as well when they are on fire. That’s why SunVilla Corporation is recalling its 10’ Solar LED Market Umbrellas that have been sold exclusively at Costco. According to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there have been reports of such umbrellas being on fire, but not in a positive, “you’re on fire” type of way. Instead, this has been the burst-into-flames-oh-my-goodness-why-is-the-umbrella-doing-that type of on fire.
This recall reportedly encompasses around 400,000 of these umbrellas. They were manufactured in China, imported by SunVilla Corporation, which is based in Chino, California, and sold through Costco both online and at in-person stores from December 2020 through May 2022. Since approximately 33,000 of these umbrellas have been sold in Canada, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) also issued the following tweet and notice:
Why would an umbrella catch fire, assuming that you aren’t using a flame thrower at the same time? Well, these ain’t your ordinary “Singing in the Rain” umbrellas. They have light-emitting diode (LED) lights on their arms. Also, on top of each umbrella is a black solar panel battery puck with a black cover that’s marked “YEEZE” or “YEEZE 1.”
And, oh YEEZE, what the puck, the company has gotten at least six reports of the lithium-ion batteries in the puck overheating. In three cases, the pucks apparently caught fire while being re-charged indoors with AC adapters. In two cases, the puck caught fire while attached to the umbrella. One case resulted in someone suffering smoke inhalation injury.
So if you’ve bought one of these umbrellas, or perhaps two or three or four hundred of them, stop using such products immediately. Get the puck out of there, meaning remove the solar panel puck from the umbrella. Keep the puck away from the sun or any combustible material. This means don’t put the puck in a drawer with clothes or your drawers, that is, your underpants. Otherwise, you could find yourself on fire, in a bad way. Instead, assuming that you like money, return the umbrella and puck to any Costco Warehouse for a full refund.