A surprising recall this week as Home Accents pulls over 100,000 Christmas trees. The fake trees could lead to burns or even house fires if the control unit becomes overheated.
The trees in question include a green, round foot pedal controller. This is designed to allow you to easily turn the pre-strung lights on and off. However, the controller can become overheated in the recalled trees.
The company received over 500 reports of the pedal overheating. One of the reports claimed that the faulty device burned the owner’s skin.
If you bought an artificial Christmas tree last year at Home Depot, don’t put it up this holiday season without checking the tag on the cord. These trees should not be used without replacing the controller.
Yes, this means you need to get up into the attic or the garage, pull out the tree, and then read the very small print on the tag. However, with the sheer number of incident reports, it seems like this is a widespread problem affecting most, if not all, of the models listed below. You don’t want to risk injury or worse during the holidays!
The faulty trees were sold exclusively at Home Depot from June 2019 to December 2019. They cost anywhere from $80 to $360. Check the cord of the tree to find out if your unit is part of this recall. The only Christmas trees involved are 2019 Home Accent Holiday trees, 7.5 feet to 9 feet tall.
Model numbers involved are W14N0126 (SKU Nos. 1004363929, 1004213737), W14N0127 (SKU Nos. 1004391988, 1004147107), W14N0148 (SKU No. 213742), W14N0149 (SKU No. 213744), and W14N0157 (SKU Nos. 1004363928, 1004213736).
The good news is that you don’t have to lug a 9-foot fake tree to Home Depot. Instead, contact Willis Electric, the manufacturer of the Home Accents brand, and ask for a replacement foot pedal. You can contact them at 866-210-5958, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern time.
The foot pedal adapter appears to be easy to remove and replace. It is attached to the tree’s power cord using a coupler, so you should have no problem changing it out yourself once you receive the free replacement part.
Willis Electric did not reveal what caused the original controller to overheat. Both real and fake Christmas trees cause a large number of house fires in the US each year. These fires cause an average of $10 million in property damage each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association, as well as over a dozen injuries and deaths.