Published: Fri, November 03, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Kidde recall: 40 million fire extinguishers recalled

Kidde recall: 40 million fire extinguishers recalled

The problem with the fire extinguishers, as stated in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice, is "The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency".

Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to pose an injury hazard. Date codes for models manufactured from January 2, 2012 through August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717. These have plastic handles or were the push-button Pindicator models.

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

"If you attack a fire thinking you're going to put it out with a defective fire extinguisher and it doesn't work you put yourself in harm's way", McMullen said.

Injuries reported as a result of the malfunction include smoke inhalation and minor burns.

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A recall of two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers was issued on Thursday.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of almost 38 million fire extinguishers made by North Carolina-based Kidde. Fire extinguishers included in these previously announced recalls should also be replaced. You can call Kidde at 855-271-0773 or visit the Kidde website, where you can fill out a form to get a new unit. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, or 9 a.m.to 3 p.m., Eastern time, Saturday or Sunday.

Kidde is offering free replacements to anyone who owns one or more of the recalled units.

No proof of purchase is required, but consumers will need to supply serial numbers and other identifying information. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label.

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