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Millions of fire extinguishers recalled – “may not work properly in a fire”

134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017 are being recalled.

One death has been blamed on faulty plastic assemblies on some models of Kidde fire extinguishers. As a result, an estimated 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers have been recalled. According to the manufacturer, the product recall involves two styles of Kidde disposable fire extinguishers: 1) plastic handle fire extinguishers and 2) plastic push-button fire extinguishers.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), emergency responders at a car crash in 2014 could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work resulting in a death. There have been approximately 390 other reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment resulting in approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage.

Recalled units have been sold through Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide as well as online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers for between $12 and $50 and for about $200 for model XL 5MR. These fire extinguishers were also preinstalled and sold with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, personal watercraft and boats.

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Consumers can visit the CPSC website for model information and to learn how to identify if a Kidde fire extinguisher is included in the recall.

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

According to the manufacturer, the recall does not include Kidde Professional or Badger brand fire extinguishers. Units with metal handles/valve assemblies are not included in the recall.

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