The US Product Safety Commission is recalling nearly 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers sold between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017.
The recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated.
The recall is the result of a 2014 death involving a car fire. First responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work. In total, 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.
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.
Contact 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.