In recent years, thousands of awnings have been recalled for injury and electrical shock hazards. A man recently died when a Costco SunSetter awning opened and hit him.
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What is an Awning?
Awnings are overhanging canopies for homes, businesses, buildings, and even RVs. They can be stationary or retractable, made of canvas or metal, and powered with electrical motors or manual hand-cranks.
What is the Risk?
One of the biggest risks of using an awning is falling off a ladder while using it. However, defective awnings also pose serious safety hazards. Recalls have been issued for awnings due to electrical shock hazards, or injury hazards when the awning opens unexpectedly.
Costco SunSetter Awnings Recalled After 1 Death
In August 2019, SunSetter recalled 270,000 soft vinyl covers for their motorized awnings due to a safety hazard.
The recall was issued after a 73 year-old man died when the awning opened unexpectedly and he fell off a ladder.
The problem is that if the motorized awning is turned “on” when the bungee cord tie-downs are still attached, when the bungee cords are removed, the awning can fly open with enough force to cause injuries.
SunSetter motorized awnings were sold nationwide at Costco Wholesale and other retailers from June 1999 through January 2019.
SunSetter has received 14 reports of incidents, including six people who suffered injuries and one death.
SunSetter is offering free breakaway safety clips to replace the bungee tie-downs. The recall involves the following models:
- SunSetter Motorized
- Motorized XL
- Motorized PRO
- Motorized PROXL
- Oasis Freestanding Motorized Retractable Awnings
Motorized Awning Recalled for Electrical Shock Hazard
In November 2010, Somfy Systems recalled 4,600 motorized awnings due to risk of electrical shocks.
The recall was issued because the motor’s power cable can be cut off if the awning is opened or closed manually. No injuries were reported, but the problem poses a serious risk of electrical shock to the user.
The recalled Somfy Systems motorized awnings were sold nationwide between December 2009 and September 2010.
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