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Fire Extinguisher Recall

Posted by Rich on 11/8/2017 to News
Fire Extinguisher Recall

Check your fire extinguisher to be sure it will work when you need it. 

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported

More than 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers equipped with plastic handles, some on the market for more than 40 years, have been recalled.  The recall affects both plastic-handle and push-button Pindicator Kidde fire extinguishers, including 134, ABC- or BC-rated models manufactured between Jan. 1, 1973, and Aug. 15, 2017.  The extinguishers are red, white or silver and were sold in the United States and Canada through a wide range of retailers from Montgomery Ward to Amazon. The CPSC recall website shows how to easily identify the affected extinguishers.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been about 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including one fatality; about 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns; and about 91 reports of property damage.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says “The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency and The nozzle also can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard”.

Kidde will provide a free replacement.  Push-button extinguisher being sent to personal watercraft owners is similar in size to the recalled model but may not fit in the same location as the old fire extinguisher

Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall

Kidde Safety Recall page

Kidde Recall FAQ