More than 40 million Kidde brand fire extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada are being recalled because they might not work during an emergency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced. The recall was initiated after the company received about 400 reports of extinguishers malfunctioning resulting in 16 injuries and one death.
In 2014, a death occurred involving a car fire following a crash when emergency responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work. There have also been about 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including the fatality, approximately 16 injuries including smoke inhalation and minor burns. There have also been 91 reports of property damage linked to the defective extinguishers.
The recall involves two styles of Kidde extinguishers – those with plastic handles and those with push-button Pindicators. A total of 134 models manufactured from Jan. 1, 1973 and Aug. 15, 2017 are affected by the recall, including models that were recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Affected extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. A full list of recalled Kidde extinguishers can be found on the CSPC website.
Approximately 37.8 million of the extinguishers were sold in the U.S., with an additional 2.7 million sold in Canada. The units were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and 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 sold with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, personal watercraft and boats.
Customers with fire extinguishers affected by the recall should contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit. Kidde can be reached toll-free at 855-271-0773, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772