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Kidde Recalls 38 Million Fire Extinguishers

03 November 2017

There have been 391 reports of failed activation, including one report of a fatality, 16 injuries including smoke inhalation and burns, as well as 91 reports of property damage.

The extinguishers may become clogged, which can cause the failure, according to a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (SPSC).

"In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard", Kidde said in a press release.

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The CPSC says one person has died while trying to fight a fire with a faulty Kidde extinguisher.

The recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: Plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers. This includes models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Some commercial trucks, RVs and boats came with the fire extinguishers also.

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To claim a replacement, check the brand name and model number of your fire extinguisher against the CPSC recall notice. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, or 9 a.m.to 3 p.m., Eastern time, Saturday or Sunday.

For units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom.

Kidde has announced it will replace defective extinguishers free with the new ones that are made with metal parts. Additional information may also be requested.

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A listing of the affected model numbers can be found at the CPSC website. When the company was overextended in 1987, Hanson Trust, a United Kingdom company, bought Kidde for $1.7 billion.

Kidde Recalls 38 Million Fire Extinguishers