Kidde Company Fire Extinguishers

Kristopher Drake
November 3, 2017

If you've never taken a close look at your fire extinguisher, now would be a good time to check it.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says 37.8 million fire extinguishers might not work during an emergency.

The extinguishers may fail to discharge and the nozzle may detach. A 22-year-old Pennsylvania man named Brendan Rosko died in 2014 as a result of two Kidde fire extinguishers failing in the victim's 2014 auto crash, according to ABC News. It included models previously recalled in 2009 and 2015.

In addition to the extinguishers not working, the nozzle can come off with enough force to kill you.

The extinguishers are sold online and at The Home Depot, Walmart, Sears and other stores.

According to Health Canada, there have been two reports of failed activation.

At least one death has been related to the problem (emergency responders could not get the recalled fire extinguishers to work following a fiery auto crash), along with 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage.

The extinguishers were sold in white, silver and red and are either ABC- or BC-rated.

The recall also covers 134 plastic handle and push-button "Pindicator" models manufactured between 1995 and 2017, the agency said in a recall notice. Units manufactured prior to 2007 do not have a date code printed on the fire extinguisher. They were also sold for use in commercial trucks, recreational vehicles and boats. The list of recalled models is available on the company's website, as well as the website of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Kidde has announced it will replace defective extinguishers free with the new ones that are made with metal parts.

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