37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers recalled; one death reported

Kristopher Drake
November 3, 2017

One death has been reported in connection with the faulty fire extinguishers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports. Nozzles can also pop off with enough force to be a unsafe projectile.

The recall also covers 134 plastic handle and push-button "Pindicator" models manufactured between 1995 and 2017, the agency said in a recall notice.

Note: This recall includes fire extinguisher models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.

The federal product safety agency also cited 391 reports of Kidde fire extinguishers that failed to work or had nozzles that detached.

The recall includes 142 models with plastic handles and push button "pindicators" that can clog, resulting in a failure to discharge.

In 2014, emergency personnel responded to a vehicle fire following a crash and could not get their fire extinguishers to work, resulting in a death. Kidde settled with the family.

Check your pantry, under the sink, in the garage, or anywhere you have stored a fire extinguisher after one company has recalled more than 37 million devices. No proof of purchase is required, however, a model number, year of manufacture, and the unit's date code and serial number must be provided.

Founder Walter Kidde founded the company in 1917, which "produced the first integrated smoke detection and carbon dioxide extinguishing system for use onboard ships", according to the Kidde website.

Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models.

Kidde will replace defective extinguishers for free with new ones made with metal parts.

Ann Marie Buerkle leads the agency ordering the recall.

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