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Recall: Kidde XL Fire Extinguishers

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On 2009-03-12, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Kidde XL Fire Extinguishers due to a potential emergency response hazard. This product sold new beginning in October 2007 for about $35.00.

About 200,000 units are involved in this Walter Kidde Portable Equipment fire extinguisher recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 1st recall of products in the Fire Extinguishers & Suppressors category in 2009.

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What is the problem?

The pressurized cylinders in the recalled fire extinguishers could lose pressure and fail to operate. In the event of a fire, this failure could put a consumer and property at risk.

How can I tell if I own this product?

This recall involves the Kidde XL Fire Extinguishers with model numbers FX340SC, FX340H, FX340GW, XL5MR, FX210R, FX340SC-2, FX210W, XL2.5TCZ-4, E-340-3 and with manufacture dates between October 2007 and April 2008. 'Kidde' and the model number can be found on the label on the front of the extinguisher. The manufacture year is on the bottom of the extinguisher. If your extinguisher is one of the listed model numbers and is marked with the year 07 or 08, contact Kidde to determine if you have a recalled extinguisher.

These items were sold new+ at Department, home, and hardware stores nationwide from October 2007 through April 2008 for about $35.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Consumers should immediately inspect the pressure gauge. If it points to the red zone, contact Kidde to receive a free replacement extinguisher. If the gauge is not in the red zone, but you have questions about an extinguisher within the listed model numbers, please contact Kidde for additional information.

For additional information, contact Kidde at (888) 345-4407 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.Kidde.com

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Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

None reported.

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+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.

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