Costco Patio Umbrellas Recall: Chino, Calif. — Authorities are recalling over 400,000 patio umbrellas after several reports of fires, including one that sent a man to the hospital.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, SunVilla 10′ Solar LED Market Umbrellas have been recalled and were sold at Costco warehouses nationwide and online from December 2020 through May 2022.
These umbrellas feature LED lights on their arms and a black solar panel battery puck marked with either YEEZE or YEEZE 1.
Costco has issued a recall due to concerns that the batteries in solar panel umbrellas may overheat, creating fire and burn hazards. So far, Costco has received six reports of these batteries overheating.
Three reports indicated the panels caught fire while charging indoors using an AC adapter. In two other instances, the puck overheated and caught fire while attached to an umbrella.
One report involved a 57-year-old man charging batteries when it exploded and caught fire in his garage. He claimed the entire house shook when the explosion occurred.
The man reports the fire emitted a gaseous cloud with an unpleasant chemical odor which persisted for at least four days. Additionally, it caused damage to his garage floor, ceiling, calls, counters and furnishings. He eventually had to go to the hospital after experiencing choke-ups and coughing from being exposed to this toxic gas while extinguishing the flames.
Anyone with the recalled umbrella should immediately stop using it and remove its solar panel puck. Store it away from direct sunlight and combustible material. Furthermore, according to CPSC regulations, people should not charge it with an AC adapter.
Anyone with the recalled umbrella can return it to any Costco location for a full refund. They may also contact Costco for instructions on how to receive their refund if they cannot make it in person.