Willis Electric is recalling about 99,000 Home Accents Holiday Artificial Christmas Trees sold exclusively at Home Depot because the foot-pedal controller can overheat and catch fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall is held in conjunction with Canada, where an additional 5,100 trees were sold.
The trees were sold from June 2019 through December 2019, and since then Willis Electric has received 509 reports of the foot-pedal controller overheating. One person got burned.
The recall involves 2019 Home Accident Holiday 7.5-foot and 9-foot artificial pine Christmas trees, sold for between $80 and $360, with mode-switching foot-pedal controllers, with the model numbers W14N0126, W14N0127, W14N0148, W14N0149, and W14N0157, which can be found on the Christmas tree’s cord.
Consumers are advised to stop using the foot-pedal controller immediately, dispose of it, and contact Willis Electric at 866-210-5958 or www.williscorporation.com for a free replacement foot pedal controller.
No one wants their Christmas holiday to go up in smoke. Yet, between 2013 and 2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Those fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually. Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 44% of home Christmas tree fires.