Recall: Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles
On 2017-11-02, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles due to a potential impact hazard. This product sold new for about $12 to $200.
About 38 million units are involved in this Kidde 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 2017.
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What is the problem?
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.
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What should I do if I own this recalled product?
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency.
Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on "Product Safety Recall" for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm is aware of a 2014 death involving a car fire following a crash. Emergency responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work. There have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including the fatality, approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage.
+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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