Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported
Click here to read the full recall notice from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
This week, the Miami Herald published online:
Fire extinguisher maker Kidde recalled 40.5 million fire extinguishers Wednesday, a recall that covers 134 models manufactured over 44 years including models involved in two previous recalls.
This comes three years after a car fire that turned fatal after a Kidde fire extinguisher failed to work.
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. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.”
This recall covers 134 models produced from Jan. 1, 1973, through Aug. 15, 2017. These have plastic handles or were the push-button Pindicator models. They were sold at every kind of store, from 20th century brick-and-mortar stalwarts such as Montgomery Ward and Sears to big boxes such as Walmart and The Home Depot to online retailers such as Amazon.com and ShopKidde.com. Some commercial trucks, RVs and boats came with the fire extinguishers also.
Click here to read the full article from the Miami Herald online.