Kidde recalls fire extinguishers that don't extinguish fires

Marie Harrington
November 3, 2017

"You're better off to have no fire extinguisher than a defective fire extinguisher", said former California chief fire marshal James McMullen.

They are in millions of homes as a precaution and serve as extinguishers ready to tackle small household fires.

Kidde is recalling its fire extinguishers after it has been found that they can clog or must need what officials called, excessive force, to use, the CPSC reported.

Emergency crews couldn't get the extinguisher to work. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

The recall affects between 37 and 38 million extinguishers in the US made from 1973 to this past September.

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According to Health Canada, there have been two reports of failed activation. The recall also includes models that were recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.

The recalled extinguishers were sold at The Home Depot, Sears, Menards, Montgomery Ward, Amazon, and other hardware stores and websites nationwide.

This recall covers 134 models produced from January 1, 1973, through August 15, 2017.

The plastic handle fire extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The company also said it is working with the CPSC and other authorities to "ensure that affected fire extinguishers are replaced with different models as quickly as possible".

The company says consumers can contact Kidde to request a free replacement. The model numbers are printed on the body of the fire extinguisher (see photos above and below).

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