Nearly 40 Million Kidde Fire Extinguishers Recalled
Popular fire extinguishers manufactured by Kidde are being recalled for failure to discharge or the nozzle detaching. Here's how to check to see if yours is one of them.
One death has been reported where emergency personnel responding to an auto accident and fire could not get the fire extinguishers to work.
There have been nearly 400 reports of malfunctions and approximately 16 injuries reported as a result of the fire extinguisher not operating properly.
The models being recalled all have plastic handles. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission reports the fire extinguishers can become clogged, requiring excessive force to operate or fail completely. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force during use to cause injury.
Another model being recalled is the push button Pindicator fire extinguisher. There are a total of 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers being recalled. This represents about 37.8 million fire extinguishers sold in the US and over 2 million in Canada.
The fire extinguishers were manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017 and were sold by major retailers and online.
Some of the Kidde fire extinguishers may have labeling including Ademco, ADT, Costco, Fire Away, Sam's, Sanford, Sears and others. It is important to check all your fire extinguishers against the published list of those being recalled.
To see if the fire extinguishers you have are subject to recall, visit the Conumer Product Safety Commission website, call Kidde at 877-271-0773, or visit the Kidde website and click on Product Recall for information on the recall and instructions for replacement.