38 million fire extinguishers recalled

Joy Montgomery
November 6, 2017

A potential danger may loom inside your house after a popular brand of personal fire extinguisher is being recalled.

On November 2, Kidde announced a recall on their fire extinguishers with plastic handles due to failure to discharge and nozzle detachment.

The agency also warns the nozzle may come off with sufficient force to pose a hazard.

Kidde models that commonly serve as a household fire extinguisher are reportedly having malfunctions that involve a clog in the plastic handle and fail to activate in an emergency. In total, 40.5 million fire extinguishers manufactured from 1973 to 2017 are being recalled.

Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency.

Kiddie extinguishers are sold at home and hardware stores across the nation.

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They also were sold for use in commercial trucks, recreational vehicles and boats.

Almost 400 people have reported a fault with the product causing the recall.

A faulty fire extinguisher was linked to a 2014 death involving a fiery crash. In 2014, extinguishers didn't work for emergency responders who were trying to fight a auto fire after a crash.

This is not the first time Kidde fire extinguishers have been under recall.

So far, the CPSC has received almost 400 reports of cases in which the recalled fire extinguishers failed to work properly.

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