Safety First: Major Recall of Kidde Portable Fire Extinguishers

Earlier this month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of roughly 40.5 million Kidde portable fire extinguishers sold in the U.S. (37.8 million units) and Canada (2.7 million units).  The recall involves 134 different models manufactured between Jan 1, 1972 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Kidde extinguishers are commonly sold for residential, vehicle and sometimes commercial use.

Background

This recall involves two styles of Kidde extinguishers – plastic handle and push-button Pindicator portable fire extinguishers.  The CPSC notes that these fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency.  In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

There have been nearly 400 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including a 2014 fatality involving a car fire following a crash where emergency responders were unable to get a recalled Kidde fire extinguisher to work.  Extinguisher failure has also resulted in approximately 16 injuries including smoke inhalation, minor burns and approximately 91 reports of property damage.

Replace your Extinguisher

Consumers can immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and to obtain instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work property in a fire emergency.

Author Carmen Duarte

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