Kidde recalls fire extinguishers that don’t extinguish fires

A look at the fire extinguishers being recalled. (Courtesy Kidde)
Here’s a look at the fire extinguishers being recalled. (Courtesy Kidde)

A look at the fire extinguishers being recalled. (Courtesy Kidde)
Here’s a look at the fire extinguishers being recalled. (Courtesy Kidde)

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A look at the fire extinguishers being recalled. (Courtesy Kidde)
A look at the fire extinguishers being recalled. (Courtesy Kidde)

WASHINGTON — Kidde announced a recall of 37.8 million plastic-handled and push-button fire extinguishers in the U.S. Thursday because they can clog, simply fail to activate during an emergency or the nozzle can detach with enough force to be an impact hazard.

The massive recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between Jan. 1, 1973 and Aug. 15, 2017. It includes extinguishers that had been previously recalled as well.

Canadian customers are also affected. The company says about 2.7 million units are being recalled there.

There has been at least one death as a result of the faulty fire safety tools: first responders “could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work” in a 2014 car fire, according to a news release.

In addition, “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,” the release reads.

Consumers can contact Kidde to request a free replacement.

Kidde can be reached toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT Saturday and Sunday, or online at the Kidde recall website.

View or download a PDF of the recall FAQ, including model numbers.


Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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