Some of these 40 million fire extinguishers have been on the market for over four decades. They are being recalled because they may not work in a case of an emergency.
There has been one death linked to the Kidde fire extinguisher, according to a notice from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). There have also been approximately 391 reports of the fire extinguisher not working, and 16 injuries.
The recall includes over 130 Kidde models. The recall includes two styles — a push-button and plastic-handle that were made in the U.S. and Canada produced in January 1973 through August 15, 2017. The Commission states that these fire extinguishers were part of a previous recall in March 2009 and February 2015.
CPSC stated that "the fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard."
The fire extinguishers were sold in red, silver, and white with a rating of ABC or BC. Take a look at the defective Kidde fire extinguishers here and see if your model matches.
These fire extinguishers were sold at Walmart, Home Depot, Sears, Amazon, and many other hardware stores. Consumers should contact Kidde to request a free replacement and for instructions on what to do with their recalled product.
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