Saturday, November 26, 2022

Over 400,000 solar-powered umbrellas recalled at risk of fire

Officials have recalled more than 400,000 solar-powered umbrellas sold at Costco due to the risk of overheating and fire.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission, which on Thursday issued a recall for the 10-foot Sunvilla Solar LED Market Umbrella, said consumers reported that the lithium-ion batteries in the umbrella’s solar panels could overheat, which could lead to a fire. And there could be danger.

Sold in a variety of colors, the umbrella has LED lights along the sides and a black solar panel battery on top that says “YEEZE” or “YEEZE 1”. The commission said that customers should remove this puck and keep it away from sunlight or flammable material. Consumers should not charge it with an AC adapter.

The commission advised consumers to stop using the umbrella immediately and said owners can return it to any Costco or contact the company for a refund.

The commission said Costco and Sunvilla, makers of the umbrellas, are contacting known buyers. Neither company could be immediately contacted for comment on Sunday.

The Canadian government also recalled about 33,000 umbrellas. According to the Canadian government’s consumer recall, the product was sold from January 2021 to May 2022, while the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said the product was available online and at Costco warehouses for $130 to $160 from December 2020 to May 2022. was being sold.

Credit…Via United States Consumer Product Safety Commission

The New York Fire Department said on Facebook that lithium batteries have been linked to fires in other products, leading to an increase in deaths and injuries. By the end of last year, fires caused by lithium-ion batteries had increased to 93, up from 44 in 2020, and four deaths were attributed to lithium-ion battery fires, the department said. above zero in 2020, the department said.

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In April, these batteries caused four separate fires in electric scooters and bikes within 24 hours, injuring 12 people, the department said.

“If using a lithium battery, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and storage,” the department said. “Always use the manufacturer’s cord and power adapter made specifically for the device. If the battery overheats, stop using immediately.”

In Vancouver, Canada, lithium-ion battery fires became the top cause of fire deaths in 2022, with five deaths recorded June 13, officials said,

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