Solar umbrellas should provide shade in the day, light at night, but fire isn’t among the raison d’etres. That’s why SunVilla recalled 433,000 10-foot Solar LED Market Umbrellas, sold only by Costco in the United States and Canada.
The exact problem, as stated in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice: “The lithium-ion batteries in the umbrella’s solar panels can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.”
And, SunVilla knows about this happening six times. Three times, solar panels caught fire while charging on an AC adapter indoors. Twice, umbrellas caught fire when the solar panel puck overheated. Once, there was a smoke inhalation injury.
The recalled umbrellas have “YEEZE” or “YEEZE 1” on the solar puck’s black cover. If you have the recalled umbrella, remove the puck, store it away from anything that might ignite, then return it to the Costco of purchase for a refund.