Kidde Recalls More Than 40 Million Fire Extinguishers

  • Kidde Recalls More Than 40 Million Fire Extinguishers

Kidde Recalls More Than 40 Million Fire Extinguishers

More than 40-million fire extinguishers in Canada and the U-S made by Kidde are being recalled because they can get clogged and not work in an emergency.

In 2014, emergency personnel responded to a auto fire following a crash and could not get their fire extinguishers to work, resulting in a death.

Owners of the faulty Kidde fire extinguishers are asked to immediately contact the company to request a free replacement extinguisher and instructions for how to return the recalled models.

This recall covers 134 models produced from January 1, 1973, through August 15, 2017. The nozzle can also come off and cause an impact hazard.

They were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and other home and hardware stores, as well as on Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and assorted online retailers.

The push-button pindicator fire extinguishers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle, primarily for kitchen and personal watercraft applications.

Also included in this recall are the 4.6 million fire extinguishers recalled in 2015 after 11 reports of the devices failing to discharge fully and the 167,000 recalled in 2009 recalled when the pressurized cylinder could lose pressure.

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.

Canada has experienced a record-breaking wildfire season this year, and now it seems even having a fire extinguisher handy may not be enough for residents living in wildfire-prone areas.

Injuries reported as a result of the malfunction include smoke inhalation and minor burns. It covers almost 40 million Kidde extinguishers.