On Nov. 2, 2017, Kidde announced a recall of almost 38 million fire extinguishers in the United States. They may not work during a fire emergency if they become clogged and require a lot of force to use. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to strike and hurt someone. Kidde recommends owners immediately replace these fire extinguishers.
The company is aware of one death when emergency responders couldn’t get the recalled extinguishers to work. There have been almost 400 reports of problems related to these Kidde fire extinguishers.
Which fire extinguisher models did Kidde recall?
Check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website for information on specific model numbers involved with this recall. Kidde will replace recalled extinguishers for free.
Plastic handle fire extinguishers
134 models made between Jan. 1, 1973 and Aug. 15, 2017. The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated.
Push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers
Eight models made between Aug. 11, 1995 and Sept. 22, 2017. The extinguishers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle. These models were sold primarily for kitchen and personal boat use.